Jim Gooch: National Embarrassment

The bright people in Kentucky are all apparently suffering from voter apathy. That’s the only reason I can surmise that explains why a raving starkers buffoon like Jim Gooch got into the Kentucky House. Check this out:

“You can only hear that the sky is falling so many times,” said Kentucky Representative Jim Gooch, explaining why he only invited global warming skeptics with no scientific background to address state legislators on climate issues. Gooch, the Kentucky Democrats’ chief environmental strategist, is “a longtime ally of the coal industry.” His invitees were James Taylor, a fellow with the Heartland Institute, a think tank partially funded by ExxonMobil; and Lord Christopher Monckton, an adviser to former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher who once suggested that HIV / AIDS patients “be locked up for life.” During the Kentucky hearing, “Monckton quoted the Bible and quickly recited math formulas as he accused [Nobel laureates Al] Gore and IPCC scientists of lying to make warming seem worse than it is.” Taylor claimed that “most scientists don’t believe in global warming,” and that hotter weather would allow “our children” to “enjoy an Earth with far more plant and animal life.” After protests by legislators, Gooch allowed “two environmentalists in the audience talk about global warming … for about five minutes each.”

Shorter Gooch: “I can’t hear you! La la la la la la la la!!!”

12 Responses to “Jim Gooch: National Embarrassment”

  1. Lisa Says:

    Yeah but Al Gore said the science is in so who cares what skeptics say?
    Or better yet maybe about they can have like 10,000 people jet into Bali to discuss Global Warming. So now when they surpass their Carbon Credits they just have to pay Al Gore their fine and they get their get out jail free card to jet off to the next conference and or concert.

  2. Jet Netwal Says:

    Sorry Lisa, but I think what’s ludicrous is a state legislature address on a scientific topic with no scientists. It makes Kentucky look stupid, and Gooch a fool. This actually happened, as opposed to your supposition of an energy wasting Bali vacation.

  3. Lisa Says:

    Actually Jet it’s not a supposition:


    My question is if the planet is so warm why not have this conference in Antarctica?

  4. Jersey McJones Says:

    So Lisa, then do you also have a problem with CEO’s making trips to places like Bali on the shareholder dime and the backs of workers? How about all the pollution they make. What about them? Again, you are making a selective moral equivilency. Is it okay to pollute because some people who pollute say it’s bad to pollute? I that what you’re saying? Most of the travails of the Gore bunch require pollution. They can’t just shuffle around in a bunch of horse-drawn carriages. Is that a good thing? Of course not. Is it relevant to the climate change debate - not in the least. It’s pedantic, petty.


  5. Lisa Says:

    Yeah Jersey but their not the ones running around about Al Gore’s earth coming to an end.
    I agree we should cut down on pollution but not with the Kyoto treaty because all that does is give a free pass to pollute and pay. It will have no affect except to line the pockets of UN officials.

  6. Jersey McJones Says:

    “Yeah Jersey but their not the ones running around about Al Gore’s earth coming to an end.”

    Wh-aaa??? Let me try to rephrase my point: The fact that Al Gore pollutes with his efforts to fight pollution (and only a little) does not negate the scientific theory that anthropomorphic climate change is occurring. Can you get that?

    As for that silliness about Kyoto, look, they don’t have all that much pocket-lining in the first place, and they represent people who want to pollute anyway. None of that changes the fact that less than 5% of humanity - us - create 25% of the pollution.

    If you’re acting like an ass while demanding that every other ass should not, don’t be surprised if they keep acting like asses. We should be ahead of the curve, ahead of Kyoto and whatever other global schemes. We should be on the cutting edge - not the cutting room floor of naive politics.


  7. Lisa Says:

    So Jersey do you want a security guard at every grocery store making sure you can’t enter without a reusable bag?
    That’s right about being ahead of the curve,we had 30 years since the Carter administration to start. But wait we should have started 6 years ago.

  8. Jersey McJones Says:

    Lisa, that is a non-sequitor. No one is suggesting such nonsense. Why don’t you make real arguments instead of loony moonbat rightwing paranoid visios of what is not and will never be?


  9. Lisa Says:

    Oh that’s right Jersey you’re argueents are real

  10. Lisa Says:

    That’s right Jersey you’re arguments are real

  11. Jersey McJones Says:

    Okay, I’ll bite. Who is suggesting we have “a security guard at every grocery store making sure you can’t enter without a reusable bag?”

    I’d love to know this.


  12. manapp99 Says:

    JMJ, this comes close:


    From the story:

    “Morning Edition, March 14, 2007 · San Francisco may be on the verge of becoming the first city in the country to ban plastic shopping bags because they’re bad for the environment.

    Some experts say the bags are one of the biggest sources of pollution in the city. By some estimates, San Francisco markets generate $200 million of them every year.

    County Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi wants to banish the bags from the city once and for all.

    He said, “What it takes in petroleum use to make these polyethylene plastic bags, and the cost to discard these bags, begs the larger question: what are we going to do about the hazards and the environmental adverse effects of these plastic bags?”

    Mirkarimi’s proposal calls on grocers to use recyclable paper, plastic that can be composted or re-usable bags.”

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