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How Can Republicans Be Offended When Called The Party Of Stupid?

May 18, 2018

This is simply dismaying. 

I say that as one who wants my country to showcase learning and insight on the world stage.  So when a member of congress made the following statements about climate change I nearly choked.  This places stupidity front and center–for the entire world to see.

I know many of the under-educated in this land will agree with Congressman Mo Brooks.  The rest of the nation is simply embarrassed.   Might I suggest Trump voters read the science section of The New York Times during the commercial breaks of The Simpsons.   At least look at the pictures!

A member of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology evinced skepticism about climate change during an exchange with a witness about rising sea levels.  Instead, Alabama Republican Congressman Mo Brooks offered an additional culprit: soil or rock deposits into the world’s waters.

On Wednesday, at a hearing titled “using technology to address climate change,” Brooks began by raising a broad question about rising ocean levels to the witness panel.
Philip Duffy, president of Woods Hole Research Center, said in response to the question that “the last 100-year increase in sea-level rise, as I mentioned earlier, has clearly been attributed to human activities, greenhouse gas emissions.”
Brooks interjected and rephrased his question again, asking if there “are other factors.”
“What about erosion?” Brooks offered during the exchange. He added: “Every time you have that soil or rock, whatever it is, that is deposited into the seas, that forces the sea levels to rise because now you’ve got less space in those oceans because the bottom is moving up.”
Duffy responded that he did not believe that explained sea-level rise.
“I’m pretty sure that on human time scales those are minuscule effects,” Duffy said.
Brooks then moved to ice levels and asserted that Antarctic ice is growing, to which Duffy responded that satellite records have documented “shrinkage of the Antarctic ice sheet and an acceleration of that shrinkage.”
This is exactly why Republicans are laughed at and scorned.

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