“Wind is God’s way of balancing heat. Wind is the way you shift heat from areas where it’s hotter to areas where it’s cooler. That’s what wind is.”
That’s pretty damning already, but it isn’t the full quote…
“Wouldn’t it be ironic if in the interest of global warming we mandated massive switches to energy, which is a finite resource, which slows the winds down, which causes the temperature to go up? Now, I’m not saying that’s going to happen, Mr. Chairman, but that is definitely something on the massive scale. I mean, it does make some sense. You stop something, you can’t transfer that heat, and the heat goes up. It’s just something to think about.”
So who was this genius?
It was Joe Barton. In the image on the right is a list of the committees he is on. He is a Republican congressman and a member of the Tea Party caucus as well.
Now let’s leave aside for the moment the fact that he is a climate change denier (I don’t like that term but hey-ho), a fierce defender of oil and energy companies (he issued an apology which he later retracted to BP for the trouble they got into after the Gulf of Mexico spill), and concentrate just on the quote itself.
The way I see it there are two possibilities here.
The first is simply that he is stupid enough to believe what he is saying, and that should be worrying.
If it isn’t, read the quote and the committees he is on again – someone with that level of scientific ignorance should be nowhere near those committees.
The second is that he thinks that the public, i.e. you, or the other politicians with which he is working are stupid enough to believe it.
This should be equally worrying. If he really thinks that this is the level of argument required to get his way in seriously important committees, then that doesn’t say much for the public or his fellow politicians.