Rep. Jim Bridenstine of Oklahoma is staking a strong claim to join the Republican Crazy Caucus with this utterly moronic and hypocritical declaration on the House floor, falsely claiming that the federal government spends 30 times more on climate change research than on weather prediction — and that Obama should apologize for that.
“Even climate change alarmists admit the number of hurricanes hitting the U.S. and the number of tornado touchdowns have been on a slow decline for over 100 years,” Bridenstine said on the House floor Tuesday, according to Raw Story. “But here is what we absolutely know. We know that Oklahoma will have tornadoes when the cold jet stream meets the warm Gulf air, and we also know that this President spends 30 times as much money on global warming research as he does on weather forecasting and warning. For this gross misallocation, the people of Oklahoma are ready to accept the President’s apology and I intend to submit legislation to fix this.”
Really, congressman? Obama spends that money? Gee, I thought Congress held the purse strings. In fact, I’m sure I read somewhere that the budget was set by Congress and that all spending bills must originate in the House of Representatives, the body that you serve in and that your party controls. Where did I read that? Oh yeah…in the Constitution you claim to revere but have never read. And guess what? The Republican-controlled House has proposed deep budget cuts to NOAA, which includes the National Weather Service — 28% in 2011 alone.
By the way, the full NWS budget is just under a billion dollars. And that same year, Obama proposed an increase in federal funding for global warming research — all the way to $2.6 billion. That’s a far cry from 30 times, unless they have a different kind of math in Oklahoma.