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Are We STILL Knocking Algae? (Video)

Are We STILL Knocking Algae? (Video)

Newt Gingrich and Mittens have been banging on a while with mockery over the President Obama’s support for algae as a biofuel.

That’s the development underway largely by big oil, and supported by the government, among a range of alternative energy sources, of growing algae and converting it into fuel. We’ve written about a scientist who built a lamp fueled by algae that absorbs CO2 and how it is also being developed as a possible protein food source.

But the presidential hopefuls are getting big laughs from the GOP base just by saying the word ‘algae.’ Not just them, it was a GOP talking point and there was coordinated mockery from conservative pundits and other politicians. Gingrich is still at it.

Two little problems with this, caught on tape:

In 2007, Romney specifically backed algae. And in 2008, Gingrich backed bio-fuels, which would include algae.

Is mocking science seen as a winning position for the Republican Party?

Here’s what former GOP Presidential candidate Jon Huntsman said last year:

“The minute that the Republican Party becomes the party – the anti-science party, we have a huge problem. We lose a whole lot of people who would otherwise allow us to win the election in 2012,” he told ABC’s “This Week.”

“When we take a position that isn’t willing to embrace evolution, when we take a position that basically runs counter to what 98 of 100 climate scientists have said, what the National Academy of Sciences has said about what is causing climate change and man’s contribution to it,” he said, “I think we find ourselves on the wrong side of science, and, therefore, in a losing position.”

Unfortunately, Huntsman found himself at 1% last December and to please the GOP base, changed his tune:

…Huntsman said he still supports the idea of a scientific consensus but is not yet endorsing the conclusion that climate change is happening and caused by human activity.

We’ve been here before. In the 2008 campaign, Obama was mocked for suggesting that one way (of many) for reducing energy needs was keeping tires properly inflated for fuel economy. This led to tire irons being waved around to much hilarity at McCain rallies. Obama said at the time:

“It’s like these guys take pride in being ignorant.”

All this while China is steaming ahead with new alternative energy developments.

Should the rest of the world be concerned about anti-science, frankly speaking, idiots possibly completely taking over the world’s superpower?

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12:26PM PST on Dec 19, 2012

Thank you.

12:25PM PST on Dec 19, 2012

Thank you.

5:44AM PST on Dec 10, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

9:31AM PST on Dec 2, 2012

This oarticular article astounded me - we have similar company here in Canada - everything was done properly, patents, testing, everything done to crossing the last "t". When they were prepared to put their products on the market after Canadas Health Board gave them the go ahead, the PHARMACUTICAL COMPANIES sued them in every country and stopped them in their tracks - the case has been in American Courts for years with the cost of over a million dollars - fighting for the right of their discovery - this article amazed me - is it controlled by a pharmacutical cmpany? If so I'm not a happy camper and disappointed Care would stand behind any pharnacutical company.

5:38AM PDT on May 16, 2012

Romney & Nuck need to keep at arms length from Heartland - the coming RICO case against them & bigbiz will take a loooooong time to die.

11:28AM PDT on Mar 31, 2012


7:03PM PDT on Mar 30, 2012

So sad that Huntsman was the only GOP candidate that sounded intelligent and capable of leading the country--his remarks should make the GOP pause for reflection of the dark ages they are seeking a return to.

7:19PM PDT on Mar 28, 2012

Thank you Heidi, sadly, there are a lot of people that know this, but they don't want you to know it. There is a movie that was made a few years ago, "Fuel" that is fascinating.
Instead of waiting for corporations, and our government to help make this change happen, many people were making this change themselves. There were truck-stops selling bio-fuel, and the drivers were happy to be using the product. There were lots of organizations in America that had actually changed over, and were thrilled to be making less pollution, and saving money. But Big oil is using our government to prevent this from happening.
It is much more important for our government to send our boys across the ocean to be murdered for the benefit of big oil. We are a very big customer, and they will do anything to keep our addiction.

7:04PM PDT on Mar 28, 2012

I have always abhorred the fact that climate change and the dangers of fossil fuels became a political issue. It has got to be related to political fundraising and big oil paying to coerce public opinion, despite the fact that they too will be victims of the consequences. Money won't save you from mother nature.

6:44PM PDT on Mar 28, 2012

Great alternative! We have to look elsewhere while we still have some time left. People are tired of drilling, drilling and drilling when the earth is already suffering enough as it is.

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