The 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: â€œCO2 is not a harmful substance. Itâ€™s an average, ordinary part of our human life anywhere on this Earth. Itâ€™s in this room. Iâ€™m a farmer, and we love CO2. Itâ€™s a good thing.â€
Rep. Forrest Knox, R-Altoona: (sarcastically) â€œNo, we donâ€™t want to regulate that icky stuff that comes out of your soft drink.â€
Rep. Don Myers, R-Derby, dismissing concerns that CO2 is a pollutant: â€œIt is all around us and you breathe it.â€
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.