Todd Akin and Paul Broun are not the only anti-science whackos on the House Science, Space and Technology committee. Longtime reader and commenter Dr. X sent me an email with links to a whole bunch of statements by some of the other Republican members of the committee. Rep. Ralph Hall, for instance, is the chair of the committee. Here’s an interview with him about global warming:
NJ: Do you think climate change is causing the earth to become warmer?
Hall: I can’t say it doesn’t have a percentage of effects on it – one percent, three percent, five percent. But I don’t think it’s the cause. I don’t think we can control what God controls…
NJ: Last year the Proceedings of the National Academies of Science published a survey finding that 97 percent of scientists were in consensus that human activities lead to global warming.
Hall: And they each get $5,000 for every report like that they give out. That’s just my guess. I don’t have any proof of that. But I don’t believe ‘em…I’m really more fearful of freezing. And I don’t have any science to prove that.
This man chairs the top science committee in the House. Sleep tight. Then there’s Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, who thinks the solution to global warming is to clear cut forests. No, I’m not making that up:
On the witness stand was Todd Stern, the Obama administration’s climate change envoy, who was questioned on whether the nation’s climate policy should focus on reducing the more than 80 percent of carbon emissions produced by the natural world in the form of decaying plant matter.
“Is there some thought being given to subsidizing the clearing of rain forests in order for some countries to eliminate that production of greenhouse gases?” the congressman asked Mr. Stern, according to Politico.
“Or would people be supportive of cutting down older trees in order to plant younger trees as a means to prevent this disaster from happening?” he continued.
Forestry experts were dumbfounded by Mr. Rohrabacher’s line of questioning, noting that the world’s forests currently absorb far more carbon dioxide than they emit — capturing roughly one-third of all man-made emissions and helping mitigate climate change.
Staggering. It seems that being an idiot is a prerequisite for a Republican to get a seat on that committee.