April 26, 2009

The U.S. Might be Better off if Texas Seceded

Texas Rep. Joe Barton is the ranking Republican on the House Energy & Commerce Sub-committee. Smokey Joe (as he is known in these parts) is infamous for his defense of polluting Ellis County cement plants. The "Smokey" is in reference to the stuff that belches from the huge stacks above the kilns. Barton is also known to be in the pocket of the oil companies, and he is recognized as one of our dimmest bulbs.

Yesterday Ole Smokey smugly tweeted a blurb in which he claims, “I seemed to have baffled the Energy Sec with basic question - Where does oil come from?” He is making reference to the following exchange with Nobel Prize winning geologist and Energy Secretary Steve Chu. Barton is so proud of himself that he posted the video to YouTube.

For some unknown reason, Joe thinks he won the round, but it is pretty obvious who was stumped. Dr. Chu was having a difficult time containing himself long enough to formulate an answer simple enough for Barton’s child-like mind to comprehend. Some of Joe’s confusion, no doubt, is rooted in his belief that the Earth is only 6,000 years old… and that human children once frolicked with little dinosaurs.

All I can hope for is that I live long enough to see Texas cleansed of such ignorance.



Comrade E.B. Misfit said...

He is a world-class idiot, no doubt.