8 Unbelievably Stupid Environmental Comments from Elected Officials

8 Unbelievably Stupid Environmental Comments from Elected OfficialsU.S. politicians have discussed climate change, renewable energy, and other environmental topics at length in recent years – but that’s not to say all of the conversations have been intelligent. Here are some of the most egregious statements made on behalf (or in spite) of Mother Nature, courtesy of officials who were elected by American citizens.

“[Nancy Pelosi] is committed to her global warming fanaticism to the point where she has said that she’s just trying to save the planet. We all know that someone did that over 2,000 years ago, they saved the planet — we didn’t need Nancy Pelosi to do that” ― Rep. Michele Bachmann [R-Minn.]

“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?” ― Rep. Joe Barton [R-Texas]

“When you have a world-view that elevates the Earth above man and says that we can’t take those resources because we’re going to harm the Earth ― by things that frankly are just not scientifically proven, for example, the politicization of the whole global warming debate ― this is all an attempt to, you know, to centralize power and to give more power to the government” ― Sen. Rick Santorum [R-Penn.]

“At the end of the day, I think there are multiple theories out there on how the universe was created and I think this is a country where people should have the opportunity to teach them all. I think parents should be able to teach their kids what their faith says, what science says. Whether the Earth was created in seven days, or seven actual eras, I’m not sure we’ll ever be able to answer that. It’s one of the great mysteries” ― Sen. Marco Rubio [R-Fla.]

“Agenda 21 attempts to abolish “unsustainable” environments, including golf courses, grazing pastures, and paved roads. It hopes to leave mother earth’s surface unscratched by mankind. Everyone wants clean water and clean air, but Agenda 21 dehumanizes individuals by removing the very thing that has defined Americans since the beginning—our freedom”  ― Rep. Ted Cruz [R-Texas]

“Is there some thought being given to subsidizing the clearing of rainforests in order for some countries to eliminate that production of greenhouse gases? … Or would people be supportive of cutting down older trees in order to plant younger trees as a means to prevent this disaster from happening?” ― Rep. Dana Rohrabacher [R-Calif.]

“The idea that carbon dioxide is a carcinogen that is harmful to our environment is almost comical. Every time we exhale, we exhale carbon dioxide. Every cow in the world, you know, when they do what they do, you’ve got more carbon dioxide” ― House Speaker John Boehner [R-Ohio]

“Trees cause more pollution than automobiles do” ― President Ronald Reagan (pre-dementia)