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Global Warming Is The Fault Of Jesus Pony Farts -OR- WHAT?!!?! 
11th-Feb-2007 09:31 am
Rep. Rohrabacher (R-Jesusland): Global Warming May Have Been Caused By ‘Dinosaur Farts’
This week, Congress held its first hearing on the landmark IPCC report on climate change. That report concluded that global warming is “unequivocal” and human activity is the main driver, “very likely” causing most of the rise in temperatures since 1950.

During the hearing, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) — one of the 87 percent of congressional Republicans who do not believe in man-made global warming — questioned the authors of the report about a period of dramatic climate change that occurred 55 million years ago. “We don’t know what those other cycles were caused by in the past. Could be dinosaur flatulence, you know, or who knows?’

Presumably, Rohrabacher was referencing a period known as the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum. Then, as in now, “sharp rises in temperature were initiated and driven by large spikes in greenhouse gases. … It took over 100K years for the ocean, atmosphere, and temperatures to return to their previous state. The result was a mass extinction event that took millions of years to recover from.” But scientists believe that massive methane releases from the ocean floors — not dinosaur farts — were the cause.

In sharp contrast to Rohrabacher, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) delivered an opening statement recommending mandatory caps on global warming pollution and calling out conservatives for rejecting science. “For twelve years, the leadership in the House of Representatives stifled all discussion and debate of global warming. That long rejection of reality is over, to the relief of Members on both sides of the aisle.”

(Video here.)

I don't have the words - I just don't.
11th-Feb-2007 04:34 pm (UTC) - oh good grief
i am 34 and a half.. when i was a girl of maybe less than 10 i saw a science programme, (one of a weekly series that was highly respected and spanned 3 decades) stating that there were pollutant gases being pumped in to the atmosphere in inaudinate quantities; the result of which would be an extra blanket of insulation around the earth,causing temperatures to rise,like glass allows a greenhouse to warm by allowing heat in but not out as much.

25 years ago

and people still question its existance now.
a family friend of long long standing, professor lloyd peck , taught by my father , works for the british antartic survey. in 2004 he did 3 lectures on antartica , inluding the effects of global warming thus far. this went on to be a much talked about tour going as far as Tokyo
it makes me livid that important people with the power to implement change let the moneyweilders get in the way , and then hide behind an act of incredulesness.
11th-Feb-2007 04:42 pm (UTC)
farts... a collection of farts... brilliant
11th-Feb-2007 09:53 pm (UTC)
The thing I don't understand that is we know pollution is bad, whether someone thinks it is creating global warming or not. There really is NO argument as to why we shouldn't be trying to reduce it.
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