(2009 July blog post)
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On Friday, April 24, 2009, Representative Michelle Bachmann (Republican-Minnesota) had the following to say on the House floor :
"Carbon dioxide, Mister Speaker, is a natural byproduct of nature. Carbon dioxide is natural. It occurs in Earth. It is a part of the regular lifecycle of Earth. In fact, life on planet Earth can't even exist without carbon dioxide.
So necessary is it to human life, to animal life, to plant life, to the oceans, to the vegetation that's on the Earth, to the, to the fowl that -- that flies in the air, we need to have carbon dioxide as part of the fundamental lifecycle of Earth."
And she went on and on.
I lived for many years in Iowa and grew to respect the intelligence of many mid-westerners, including those from Minnesota.
However, now I have to wonder about Minnesota. How could they elect someone like this to represent them in Congress?
Although it is true that plant life (vegetation) takes in carbon dioxide (CO2) as a 'food', I find it shocking that she apparently believes that humans, animals, and fowl need carbon dioxide as an essential element. She talks about it as if it were oxygen.
A simple plastic-bag test
I saw part of that speech on TV. I saw Senator Bachmann on CSPAN saying that CO2 is a natural substance and hence harmless. She said there is no scientific evidence that CO2 is harmful.
Well, I have a suggestion. She can quickly test whether CO2 is harmless by sealing a plastic bag over her head and breathing into in for about 5 minutes, more or less.
Apparently, she has never heard of warnings on plastic bags --- warning to not put the bag over your head and warning to not let children play with them.
The plastic bag manufacturers should be pleased. Now they don't have to spend money putting those warnings on the bags any more.
If she has heard of those warnings, she apparently does not understand that the reason for those warnings is that humans exhale CO2 as a waste product --- and THAT waste product kills --- by suffocation.
How do people that dumb get elected to Congress? Minnesota, one of your villages is missing its idiot.
Or is it more a question of greed? Is she saying these things because of the money she gets from the coal industry and other allied interests?
Either way, she is another blight on Congress --- one that stands out among the other blights --- and that is saying something, considering the magnitude of blighting going on in those halls nowadays.
Please note that this is not a matter of taking her statements out of context. See the full text of her speech --- or, better yet, see a video of her speech before the House.
You will see that she is simply batsh*t crazy --- or willing to say anything for the sake of pleasing the fossil fuels companies, so that they continue to contribute to her re-election.
She must rank 10-out-of-10 on their 'friends-of-fossil-fuels' scale.
It's really about the temperature
She doesn't seem to understand that the issue is not so much that there is a rising proportion of CO2 in the atmosphere, but that the CO2 increase is an indication of the huge amount of HEAT that is being put into the atmosphere (and water bodies) due to the burning of fossil fuels (and use of nuclear fuel) in the space of about 200 years --- fossil fuels that took millions of years to be compressed and chemically altered --- and thus created.
In other words, hundreds of thousands of years of solar energy --- trapped in organic material that is now fossil fuel --- is being burned up in about 200 years.
The rate of increase of CO2 has accelerated in the past 50 years or so --- and, correspondingly, the amount of HEAT being generated by increasing the velocity of the nitrogen and oxygen molecules (O2 and N2) --- which comprise 99 percent of the Earth's atmosphere --- is also accelerating.
AND the velocity of water molecules (H2O) is also increasing --- as water is heated in nuclear and fossil fuel electricity-generating facilities to drive turbine-blades with steam.
See CO2 graphs below.
One human waste product (CO2) down. Two more to go.
What's she going to say next?
That sure would save a lot of money being spent on sewage treatment plants, if the taxpayers could be convinced of that.
To follow her logic further :
Oh, what the heck. Let's not hold back. Let's take her logic to further logical conclusions :
Let's go astronomical :
Since her logic is so similar to theirs, there is no doubt that IF she had run her speech by Newt Gingrich, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, Bill O'Reilly, Ann Coulter, Rupert Murdoch, and Rush Limbaugh, they would have all told her to "go for it".
I expect to see "Carbon dioxide is good for you" added to the Republican platform at its next national convention, along with
Right about the time of Rep. Bachmann's CO2 statement, Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania switched his affiliation from the Republican party to the Democratic party.
I figure there may be a connection. After months of outlandish statements, in public, by various 'representatives' of the Republican party, this statement by Michelle Bachmann may have been the straw that broke the Senator's back.
Palin-Bachmann in 2012!! (joke)
These two graphs (above and below) indicate that CO2 in the atmosphere is definitely increasing in the past hundred years. AND ... the rate of growth in concentration seems to be accelerating ... along with human population growth.
Since the main relatively new 'adders' of CO2 on earth are man's burning of wood and fossil fuels --- and a main 'subtracter' of CO2 is incorporation by plants, it appears that the main causes of the continuing increase of CO2 are due to man --- through
The exploding world population has led to a significant increase in these actions. This does not bode well for the future --- unless we can develop gills that utilize CO2 (instead of O2), like the ones that Ms. Bachmann seems to claim she has.
This is essentially a close-up view
of the tail of the graph above.
This shows about a 3% increase every 5 years
--- on course for more than a 30% increase
in the next 50 years.
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I breathe in CO2,
and exhale oxygen.
Representative Bachmann and President Bush kissing
and exchanging carbon dioxide.