Kansas lawmakers: Carbon dioxide is life!

gasmask.jpgThe legislative debate on the Holcomb power-plant bill has sparked a rash of dim-bulbed comments from pro-coal Kansas lawmakers on carbon dioxide, which scientists overwhelmingly agree is a key greenhouse gas driving climate change.

Sen. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler: “CO2 is not a harmful substance. It’s an average, ordinary part of our human life anywhere on this Earth. It’s in this room. I’m a farmer, and we love CO2. It’s a good thing.”

Rep. Forrest Knox, R-Altoona: (sarcastically) “No, we don’t want to regulate that icky stuff that comes out of your soft drink.”

Rep. Don Myers, R-Derby, dismissing concerns that CO2 is a pollutant: “It is all around us and you breathe it.”

Sigh. Have any of them heard about the U.S. Supreme Court ruling last year that CO2 is a pollutant that can and should be regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency? Guess not. Welcome to the Kansas global warming discussion. No research required. Just jump right in.