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6/19/2017 5:05 pm  #1


Rick Perry is a "wise, intellectually engaged person"

That's Energy Secretary Rick Perry . . . You know, the same guy that couldn't remember that the Energy Department was the third of three departments he would eliminate from the federal government during a televised republican presidential debate. Well, now Ricky is head of that department and is another stellar example of Trump's totally unqualified cabinet appointments. Rick is now telling the public what really causes climate change, despite the facts as laid out by scientists in other government agencies and the consensus of the worldwide scientific community.

Just another example of incompetence by Trump for appointing the guy, and the stupidity of the guy heading up an agency that he previously concluded was unnecessary and worthless.

What a bunch of bozos we have running our government.


Energy chief: Carbon dioxide not prime driver of warming


WASHINGTON (AP) — Energy Secretary Rick Perry said Monday he does not believe carbon dioxide is a primary contributor to global warming, a statement at odds with mainstream scientific consensus but in line with the head of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Asked on CNBC's "Squawk Box" whether carbon emissions are primarily responsible for climate change, Perry said no, adding that "most likely the primary control knob is the ocean waters and this environment that we live in."

Perry's view is contrary to mainstream climate science, including analyses by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The EPA under President Donald Trump recently removed a web page that declared "carbon dioxide is the primary greenhouse gas that is contributing to recent climate change."

Taking down the web page came after EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, appearing on "Squawk Box" in March, said "there's tremendous disagreement about the degree of impact" of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases on the planet.

"So, no, I would not agree that (carbon dioxide) is a primary contributor to the global warming that we see," Pruitt said.

The Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, organized by the United Nations, calls carbon dioxide the biggest heat trapping force, responsible for about 33 times more added warming than natural causes.

The panel's calculations mean carbon dioxide alone accounts for between 1 and 3 degrees warming, said MIT atmospheric scientist Kerry Emanuel.

Perry, like Pruitt, rejected the scientific consensus on climate change.

"This idea that science is just absolutely settled and if you don't believe it's settled then you're somehow another Neanderthal, that is so inappropriate from my perspective," he said.

Being a skeptic about climate change issues is "quite all right," Perry added, saying skepticism is a sign of being a "wise, intellectually engaged person."

Recently, The Associated Press sent Pruitt's comments to numerous scientists who study climate. All seven climate scientists who responded said Pruitt was wrong and that carbon dioxide is the primary driver of global warming.

Perry, in his TV appearance Monday, said there should not be a debate about whether the climate is changing or if humans have an effect on the climate. Instead, he said the debate should be on "what are the policy changes that we need to make to affect that?"

Shaye Wolf, climate science director at the Center for Biological Diversity, said Perry "has the science exactly backward."

Far from being a key cause of climate change, "the world's oceans are actually another victim of greenhouse pollution," Wolf said. "Our oceans absorb millions of tons of carbon dioxide a day, making them dangerously acidic."

Warming oceans also put "tremendous stress on marine life," Wolf said.

NASA and NOAA reported in January that earth's 2016 temperatures were the warmest ever. The planet's average surface temperature has risen about 2 degrees Fahrenheit since the late 19th century, "a change driven largely by increased carbon dioxide and other human-made emissions into the atmosphere," the agencies said in a joint statement.

Earlier this month, Trump announced he will withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord. The agreement signed by 195 nations in 2015 aims to decrease global carbon emissions in an effort to head off the worst predicted effects of global warming, including worsening storms, catastrophic droughts and city-drowning sea level rise.

The Trump administration has also moved to roll back or delay numerous rules approved by the Obama administration to cut pollution from mining operations, oil and gas wells and coal-fired power plants.

 

6/19/2017 9:57 pm  #2


Re: Rick Perry is a "wise, intellectually engaged person"

Just one more incompetent in an important role. 


"Do not confuse motion and progress, A rocking horse keeps moving but does not make any progress"
 
 

6/20/2017 4:31 am  #3


Re: Rick Perry is a "wise, intellectually engaged person"

I am uncertain as to which is more unsettling, the stubborn refusal of so called adults to accept the concept, or the idea that embracing ignorance and ridiculous theories is a sign of wisdom. It's Orwellian.

Last edited by Goose (6/20/2017 4:32 am)


"On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”
 

6/20/2017 6:30 am  #4


Re: Rick Perry is a "wise, intellectually engaged person"

The strategy is simple:  Appoint unqualified, incompetent people to government positions and when things go bad, tell us government doesn't work.  The solution is to turn the responsibility and tasks over to the for-profit private sector.

" Government doesn't work, elect me and I'll prove it to you."

 

6/20/2017 6:36 am  #5


Re: Rick Perry is a "wise, intellectually engaged person"

Just Fred wrote:

The strategy is simple:  Appoint unqualified, incompetent people to government positions and when things go bad, tell us government doesn't work.  The solution is to turn the responsibility and tasks over to the for-profit private sector.

" Government doesn't work, elect me and I'll prove it to you."

Trump does seem to tell you what agencies he thinks are superfluous by nominating incompetent boobs to lead them.
Perry, DeVos, Carson, the wedding planner who has the NY Housing job. Clearly Trump has no interest in these agencies succeeding, so he puts clowns in charge.
Contrast that with the dept of defense, which Trump apparently does believe in, and has appointed a competent person.
Trump also put a competent person in charge of the EPA - because he has a real interest in destroying it for the benefit of business.
 

Last edited by Goose (6/20/2017 6:37 am)


"On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”
 

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