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Republican congressman from Oklahoma wants Obama to apologize for investing in climate research

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Why does Oklahoma have so many birdbrains like THIS?

Just as extreme weather season kicks off, freshman Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) demanded that President Obama apologize to Oklahoma for allocating funding to climate change research. Bridenstine, a climate denier who serves on the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, plans to introduce a bill that defunds climate change research.

“Even climate change alarmists admit the number of hurricanes hitting the U.S. and the number of tornado touchdowns have been on a slow decline for over 100 years,” Bridenstine said on the House floor Tuesday, according to Raw Story. “But here is what we absolutely know. We know that Oklahoma will have tornadoes when the cold jet stream meets the warm Gulf air, and we also know that this President spends 30 times as much money on global warming research as he does on weather forecasting and warning. For this gross misallocation, the people of Oklahoma are ready to accept the President’s apology and I intend to submit legislation to fix this.”

Here is what Director of the National Climatic Data Center Tom Karl had to say about hurricanes, tornadoes, and climate change in 2011: “What we can say with confidence is that heavy and extreme precipitation events often associated with thunderstorms and convection are increasing and have been linked to human-induced changes in atmospheric composition.” Meanwhile, climate scientists are in near universal agreement that climate change is driven by human activity.

Bridenstine also recently accused Obama of “dishonesty, incompetence, vengefulness” in an unhinged speech on the House floor.

ADDENDUM: A few months ago, Bridenstine SHOWED that he is no more knowledgeable about our constitutional system than he is about climate science:

Still smarting over last year’s ruling upholding Obamacare, freshman Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) dismissed the idea that the Supreme Court decides whether or not laws are constitutional.

“Just because the Supreme Court rules on something doesn’t necessarily mean that that’s constitutional,” Bridenstine said in a Daily Caller interview posted Sunday. After accusing Democrats of “stacking the courts in their favor” — five of the current nine justices were appointed by Republican presidents — Bridenstine dismissed the idea that Congress must write laws within the boundaries set by the Supreme Court. “That’s not the case,” the Oklahoma congressman said.

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7 Comments

  1. Steverino

    No doubt he’s a product of a solid creationist education working for Koch money.

  2. Clearly this guy has a future in the republican party.

  3. Craig Knauss

    I can’t for the life of me fathom why anyone who lives in Oklahoma would be opposed to climate research. Has this guy been in a cave the last couple of months? Has he ever heard of Moore, OK?

    Unbelievable.

  4. Sheryl

    Tornadoes are not “precipitation events”. You can find videos if you’ve never seen one in person.
    Tornadoes were happening on the plains long before the industrial revolution.
    Bridenstine want to defund Obamacare and transfer some funding from climate change to weather prediction and warning. Warning saves lives.
    Watch the video. It only takes a minute. See all he said rather than just read what people say he said.

  5. “Why does Oklahoma have so many birdbrains like THIS?”

    Notwithstanding your offensive remark about the good folks of Oklahoma, I’m sure your state has more. You, for example.

    cheers

  6. Steverino

    Follow the money Sheryl follow the money.

  7. Craig Knauss

    Sheryl,

    I lived in Illinois for 50 years. I’ve seen funnel clouds and I’ve seen tornado damage. A close friend of mine was in Belvidere H.S. when the 1967 tornado hit the school. I saw the damage a few days later.

    I’m not sure what you mean about “precipitation event” but every tornadic storm I’ve seen had lots of precipitation, including rain, hail, etc. And tornadoes are usually formed when cold air is pushed above warm, damp air, and falls down through it. And yes, there have always been tornadoes, but with climate change, we will probably see more.

    Furthermore, Bridenstine wants to defund climate research and transfer the funds to warning systems.

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