A Texas Republican Is Afraid Wind Power May Slow Down Global Wind (Huh?)

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    Apr 30, 2013 2:38 AM GMT
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    I had to google this for more information:



    Speaking of Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) — who apparently is weighing a run for the Senate seat being vacated by Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) — Kate just passed along the all-time money-est Barton quote ever (and that’s saying something) about how wind power might aggravate climate change. From a March 10 House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing:

    Wind is God’s way of balancing heat. Wind is the way you shift heat from areas where it’s hotter to areas where it’s cooler. That’s what wind is. Wouldn’t it be ironic if in the interest of global warming we mandated massive switches to energy, which is a finite resource, which slows the winds down, which causes the temperature to go up? Now, I’m not saying that’s going to happen, Mr. Chairman, but that is definitely something on the massive scale. I mean, it does make some sense. You stop something, you can’t transfer that heat, and the heat goes up. It’s just something to think about.

    This man was once the chairman of the committee, which this year passed the Waxman-Markey climate bill.

    http://washingtonindependent.com/60035/bartons-greatest-hits-wind-power-might-mess-up-global-wind-patterns-and-make-the-earth-warmer
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    May 01, 2013 2:20 AM GMT
    wow
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    May 01, 2013 2:34 AM GMT
    He's actually not (that) far off, he just obviously skimmed an article and then sprinkled in some religion. But older ill-designed wind turbines do affect the local climate in very minor ways, because it moves warmer air closer to the surface at night. But that's been documented before, and newer designs have solutions to fix it.
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    May 01, 2013 2:53 AM GMT
    Why is this "news"? It's Texas for God's sake.
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    May 02, 2013 3:13 AM GMT
    buttface saidHe's actually not (that) far off, he just obviously skimmed an article and then sprinkled in some religion. But older ill-designed wind turbines do affect the local climate in very minor ways, because it moves warmer air closer to the surface at night. But that's been documented before, and newer designs have solutions to fix it.


    Thank you.