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On WWTN's Ralph Bristol show this morning, the ever-quotable Rep. Marsha Blackburn displayed her marvelous grasp of science when she weighed in on climate change legislation:
"What they are trying to do is declare CO2...to be a noxious poisonous greenhouse gas."
How we configure public policy to address climate change is a reasonable subject for debate on which reasonable people can disagree. It is, however, unadulterated ignorance to suggest that the labeling of CO2 as a greenhouse gas is a political rather than a scientific act. We know that Rep. Blackburn often likes to say whatever nonsense happens to pop into her head. Still, her constituents -- even her deeply conservative aficionados -- should be embarrassed to be represented in Congress by someone who turns a blind eye to basic axioms of physical science that are not in dispute.
(See, for instance, the clear and unambiguous assessments of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency