Tuesday, May 12, 2009

In Which Joe Barton Pretends to Care About Running

Congressman Joe Barton has cranked the stupid up to 11 with this:

In a new interview with Newsmax, Barton [claimed] the Obama administration’s efforts to regulate carbon dioxide would potentially “close down the New York and Boston marathons“:
Barton says the average healthy adult exhales between four-tenths of a ton and seven-tenths of a ton of CO2 a year.“So if you put 20,000 marathoners into a confined area, you could consider that a single source of pollution, and you could regulate it,” Barton says. “The key would be whether the EPA said that 20,000 people running the same route was one source or not.”
Of course, we know that any statement that begins "in an interview with Newsmax" will not end well, but we are right to wonder if the climate denialists are even trying to make coherent arguments.

For starters, as a sitting member of Congress, Barton should know that if he's truly concerned about the prospect of large marathons succumbing to the regulation of greenhouse gases, he can propose legislation specifically exempting them.

More generally, a sitting member of Congress worth his flabby jowls' weight in salt, armed with a good-faith desire to craft the best legislation possible, recognizes that the law can be written to distinguish between industrial sources and natural sources of greenhouse gas emissions.

But the statement-opener of "in an interview with Newsmax" signals that Congressman Joe Barton is anything but a good-faith actor in this situation. He is, instead, a fatuous tool.

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