Monday, April 20, 2009

Every Cow That Farts

According to House Minority Leader Rep. John Boehner (R-OH), every time a cow breaks wind — and trust me, I’ve worked on a dairy farm, and they do it a lot — it contributes to climate change.

Appearing on ABC’s This Week, the Ohio Republican was asked what to describe the GOP plan to dealing with greenhouse gas emissions, “which every major scientific organization said is contributing to climate change.”

Boehner replied: “The idea that carbon dioxide is a carcinogen that is harmful to our environment is almost comical. Every time we exhale, we exhale carbon dioxide. Every cow in the world, you know when they do what they do you’ve got more carbon dioxide.”

First, who is saying that carbon dioxide is a carcinogen? Second, the most prominent bovine effluence “when they do what they do” is methane, not just carbon dioxide.

Frankly, for all the bullshit that Mr. Boehner shovels, I’m surprised he doesn’t know that.