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Michelle Bachmann to Al Gore: “It’s Global Cooling, Silly!”

Michelle Bachmann to Al Gore: “It’s Global Cooling, Silly!”

You have to love Representative Michelle Bachmann. If the name doesn’t ring a bell, no worries. She’s a relatively obscure Republican back-bencher in the House from Minnesota most famous for her blowup on TV last year with Chris Matthews.

In that segment, she intimated that then Senator Obama was “anti-American” and suggested that several members of Congress might also be anti-American. When pressed for names, she suggested a commission be created to determine the answer. That two-minute clip almost cost her her seat in a district that is overwhelmingly Republican.

It appears as though her close call hasn’t diminished her capacity for saying wonderfully ignorant things. Salon reported yesterday on an exchange Bachmann had with former Vice President Al Gore during inauguration last week in which she effectively taunted him about global warming due to this single temperature-appropriate (cold) day in Washington:

“On the Inauguration Day, Dr. Tom Price [GOP U.S. congressman from Georgia] can attest to this–we were freezing to death, sitting there during the inauguration, with our blankets huddled up there,” Bachmann said. “We were asking Al Gore when he came in through the door, ‘Hey Al, is it cold enough for you down there? This isn’t exactly a global warming day.’”

You can catch the whole piece here.

She also claimed on a conference call earlier this week that according to her meteorologist brother, we’re actually experiencing global cooling, not global warming. Take that, Al Gore!

My guess is that Rep. Bachmann is angling for a science adviser position in the new administration.

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12:20PM PST on Dec 28, 2012

Thank you for article.

12:19PM PST on Dec 28, 2012

Thank you for article.

10:37AM PDT on May 13, 2011

I'm all for Michelle Bachmann having a czar position for global warming!! Send her up to the artic and everytime she opens her mouth with some idiot reasoning, she'll hear the crackling of ice underneath her.

2:50AM PST on Feb 28, 2009

And why does he have his corporation in the U.K? I thought he was a vice-president, Yes thats right CEO and chairman, And how does one aquire such wealth, after his term in office?

8:21PM PST on Feb 8, 2009

Shes right.Go to science & public policy institute and this site will show alot of the global warming scams. 35 inconvienient truths about Al Gores mistakes.

11:48AM PST on Feb 2, 2009

The sad thing is, the ignorance on both sides of the issue is epic. You can mock her for worrying about global cooling, but alarmist worries have little grounding in science, too. It wasn't that long ago Time, Newsweek, and the New York Times were doing the same thing as the Bachmann:

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,944914,00.html

http://www.denisdutton.com/cooling_world.htm

150 year History at NYT: http://newsbusters.org/node/11640

I only point this out to show that the concern is not new, and while we can now use computers to a greater extent than ever, such models are still not fully developed (http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2008/05/01/new-york-times-new-climate-model-predicts-global-cooling).

Even if you believe carbon dioxide causes global warming (http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/09/080911150048.htm) you have the inconvenient fact that in the past such high concentrations of CO2 did not put the planet beyond a tipping point (and of course they weren't caused by man). In other words, even if humans weren't emitting any CO2 at all we could expect high concentrations every couple hundred or thousand years - and we're due now.

11:17AM PST on Jan 30, 2009

Geez! In this day in age, these statements/behaviors are shocking.

3:28PM PST on Jan 29, 2009

Ugh, how come people don't care about evidence? Similarly, Glenn Beck and his fellow ignoramus' like to taunt al Gore because apparently global warming can't exist while there's snow on the ground: http://mediamatters.org/countyfair/200901280026

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