Leader of House Science Committee Says Climate Change is Awesome

first_img Texas Representative Lamar Smith is now in charge of the House, Space, Science, and Technology committee. He also believes that climate change is a good thing.He’s wrong, of course. Dead. Wrong.The dude wrote an op-ed for the Daily Signal stating that carbon dioxide might be a net positive. Carbon dioxide is what plants crave, after all. If we pump enough into the atmosphere, it could lead to a “great volume of food production and better quality food.” He’s right in that plants need CO2, but that’s not how any of this works.For one, CO2 doesn’t just hover near where plants need it. Two, Co2 isn’t the only things plants need. All the carbon dioxide in the world won’t make a redwood spring from a salt flat. But Representative Smith thinks that increased carbon production could bring “lush vegetation” to barren deserts.Ummm… my dude… water? Like, yeah, you need protein, but if you eat only protein powder, you will die. Just because you load up on one thing, doesn’t mean you have everything you need. And I’m not sure if you knew this, but water tends to be pretty damned important. There’s a reason the Mojave isn’t filled with corn.Even worse, Smith says that the decline in Arctic sea ice is actually amazing because it opens new shipping routes. And, yeah, that’s true, but it’s not like we’re not losing something else. Higher sea levels have catastrophic effects all over the world, particularly for the global poor. Not to mention the spikes in severe weather and the greater instability that can cause.It should come as no surprise that the Daily Signal is the product of some pro-oil imbeciles. But that’s governance for you. If there’s enough money in it, someone will peddle the most inane shit. And there’s definitely a lot of money in it. Fossil fuel companies have contributed more than a half a million to Smith’s campaigns over the years. Money talks.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend last_img

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