"Global Warming Denier Michele Bachmann Named To House GOP ‘Energy Solutions’ Group"
Last month, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) announced the creation of the House GOP American Energy Solutions Group, meant to “work on crafting Republican solutions to lower energy prices for American families and small businesses.” Helping lead the way toward finding those solutions? Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), who yesterday announced her appointment to the group:
“My colleagues and I on the Energy Solutions Working Group are dedicated to an ‘all of the above’ approach that will increase the supply of clean, affordable, American-made energy today and encourage investment for newer, more efficient energy technologies for the future. I will also continue my fight against energy tax increases as proposed in the Democrat’s energy proposal for Minnesotan families and small business,” said Bachmann.
If Boehner and the House GOP were truly interested in promoting real solutions to America’s energy and environmental crises, Bachmann should be their last pick for the group. After all, she has made a name for herself by constantly repeating the most nonsensical, misleading, radical untruths about energy and the environment:
“[T]here isn’t even one study that can be produced that shows carbon dioxide is a harmful gas. There isn’t one such study because carbon dioxide is not a harmful gas, it is a harmless gas. Carbon dioxide is natural. It is not harmful. It is part of Earth’s life cycle.” [4/22/09]
“And the science indicates that human activity is not the cause of all this global warming. And that in fact, nature is the cause, with solar flares, etc.” [3/22/09]
“I want people in Minnesota armed and dangerous on this issue of the energy tax because we need to fight back. Thomas Jefferson told us, having a revolution every now and then is a good thing.” [3/22/09]
“I came away with the idea that [the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge] is the most perfect place on the planet to drill.” [8/13/08]
“[Pelosi] is committed to her global warming fanaticism to the point where she has said that she’s just trying to save the planet. … We all know that someone did that over 2,000 years ago, they saved the planet — we didn’t need Nancy Pelosi to do that.” [8/12/08]
“The big thing we are working on now is the global warming hoax. It’s all voodoo, nonsense, hokum, a hoax.” [3/15/08]
“I don’t think it has been established as a fact that global warming is the issue of the day. One thing we need to do is look at the science.” [10/10/06]
Bachmann is hardly the only member of Boehner’s “solutions” group who is untethered to reality. Rep John Shimkus (R-IL) declared that capping CO2 would be “taking away plant food from the atmosphere,” and called such caps “the largest assault on democracy and freedom in this country that I’ve ever experienced.” Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) called cap and trade “an economic declaration of war on the Midwest.”
In an interview with PJTV, Bachmann declared, “The US. has been the only country in the world that actually reduced carbon emissions in the last year. And it’s because of prosperity!” (At minute 6:15) (In fact, while the cratering economy allowed U.S. emissions to fall by 3 percent, Finland, for example, cut emissions by more than 12 percent, and the European Union altogether cut emissions by 4-6 percent.)