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May 26, 2011 08:43 PM UTC

At Least He's Not Your Congressman

  • by: Colorado Pols

California Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher doesn’t believe that global warming is a man-made problem, but that hasn’t stopped him from offering ridiculous “solutions” to curbing the problem. Yesterday Rohrabacher channeled his inner Ronald Reagan, who famously said in 1981 that “Trees cause more pollution than automobiles do.”

As Politico reports:

Looking for a solution to global warming? Maybe start clear-cutting many of the world’s forests, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher says.

The chairman of the House Foreign Affairs oversight subcommittee made it clear during a Wednesday hearing that he doesn’t believe in man-made global warming.

But if it were true – and most of the world’s scientists agree it is – Rohrabacher said he’s hit on an answer by tackling the 80 to 90 percent of heat-trapping greenhouse gas emissions “generated by nature itself”: Namely, yank down old trees and get rid of the rotting wood in rainforests.

“Is there some thought being given to subsidizing the clearing of rainforests in order for some countries to eliminate that production of greenhouse gases?” the California Republican asked Todd Stern, the top U.S. climate diplomat and lead witness at the hearing. “Or would people be supportive of cutting down older trees in order to plant younger trees as a means to prevent this disaster from happening?”

As you might imagine, Mr. Stern was apparently a bit perplexed by that question. “If he wants to talk about the effect of rotting wood or whatever, we’re happy to have someone come up who knows about it,” he said later. So what was Rohrabacher talking about?

Jay Gulledge, a senior scientist at the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, said Rohrabacher is correct that 80 to 90 percent of gross greenhouse gas emissions do come from nature, with humans producing the rest. But it’s that small percentage that is changing the Earth’s climate – not to mention that trees help absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere in huge quantities.

“How he’s using it is totally off the wall,” Gulledge said. “It’s beyond the pale. It makes no sense.”

What say you, Polsters? Poll after the jump…

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21 thoughts on “At Least He’s Not Your Congressman

  1. Dana Rohrabacher has been dumb as one of the stumps he suggest creating since tree stumps were found to be dumb.  That he said this doesn’t surprise me one bit.

    PPS – lest we forget, one Governor Bill Owens once suggested clear-cutting Colorado’s forests to increase our water supply.

  2. But this is probably not a very efficient way to go about it.

    New poll:

    Where ya gonna put all those trees ya cut?

    – Garage doors?

    – Antarctica?

    – other?

  3. SPEEDING UP THE CLEARING OF RAINFORESTS?  As a good thing?  I’m still trying to wrap my head around the fact that nobody on his team prevented him from making a statement so stupid, it would never have occured to either Palin or the-founding-fathers-ended-slavery Bachmann. Or to Trump.  Or Beck.  Killer trees?  Again?  He may have a perfectly safe seat in the country’s dumbest district but other Rs who are going to get the business from talking heads over this (do you support, chortle, chuckle, yadyadayada…) are going to be ready to strangle him.  Better yet, arrange an accident that would require wiring his jaw shut.

    1. Ingredients

      2 cups cornmeal

      1 1/2 cups buttermilk

      1/4 cup vegetable oil

      1 egg

      2 tablespoons butter


      Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Whisk together the cornmeal, buttermilk, vegetable oil, and egg in a bowl to form a batter.

      Melt the butter in a cast-iron skillet over medium heat, and swirl the melted butter all over the bottom and up the sides of the skillet. Let the butter heat until it gives off a faint toasted fragrance; pour the batter into the hot skillet.

      Place the skillet into the preheated oven, and bake until golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes.

      Put cornbread in a dark corner, cover it with a dish towel. Let sit overnight. Remove towel at dawn to reveal finished product. #School #Winning! #CageOrChair

            1. the mice aren’t picky and will… be created in any event.

              Crispy cornbread is amazing. Just in case anyone here hasn’t had it. Highly recommend.

              1. I haven’t had decent cornbread in years. I’m actually shopping online for a Ralphie recommended cast iron skillet right now.  

                  1. I just bought a 12″ Lodge from Farm and Fleet. Thanks so much for the recipe. I will let you know how it turns out in 10 to 14 shipping days. 🙂

            2. is the right size for most corn bread recipes.  It will also handle a steak.

              And get a Lodge.  They sell ’em at Wal-Mart and Kroger and lots of other places (Cabela’s?).  They come pre-seasoned, although I still like to season them myself too.  Avoid the no-names stamped “Made in China”.

              And to the above recipe, I would add a small can of chopped jalapenos, drained.  But that’s only me.

  4. because if the War n Trees was 1/2 as effective as the War on Drugs we’d have way more trees in a hurry.  And I like trees.

    As for the deadfall- I’ll take it.  But just like the beetle kill in Colorado, you gotta transport it to me for free – I ain’t going to get it.

    1. I figure it’s kind of like our war on Utah – if we win, we can annex all the trees that don’t resist, and eventually they’ll all come to love our enlightened leadership and we’ll all get along just fine.

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