Environment

Rick Perry is Dumber Than a Bag of Hammers

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

I was going to snark here, but honestly I've got nothin'. I can't think of anything dumber than what Rick Perry said to CNBC yesterday.

“Do you believe CO2 is the primary control knob for the temperature of the Earth and for climate?” asked CNBC’s Joe Kernen.

“No, most likely the primary control knob is the ocean waters and this environment that we live in,” replied the secretary. He then began to complain about the backlash against “being a skeptic.”

"This environment that we live in" is... the environment we create. It's not some accident or happenstance.

It's not exactly clear if Perry understands the basic atmospheric process and water cycle through which water evaporates into gas and eventually clouds before falling back down to the ground as water to begin anew. Carbon pollution traps heat and speeds evaporation.

Tremendous excess heat (that humans are producing) stored in the oceans can contribute extreme rainfall events or extreme droughts, and it's only going to get worse.

Humans are turning the "primary control knob," and we're drunk.

  • muselet

    Bags of hammers are offended by the comparison.

    –alopecia

  • Badgerite

    Rick Perry is an idiot. The oceans are warming up because they are and have been for some time absorbing not just the radiation heat from the sun but also the increased heat from the atmosphere created by the effect of increased amounts of CO2 in the atmosphere which is due to the increased usage of fossil fuels for energy production by humans all over the globe. The “environment” is an eco-system. All parts matter and interact with each other. The “oceans” don’t exist in a vacuum.

    • 1933john

      Do you believe that Ricky gives a
      shit about the people in Galveston?

      • No, he doesn’t seem to care about anyone

      • Badgerite

        No idea. But Texas has a lot of coastline and already extreme heat in summer. So. Actions that lead to extreme weather events would not be a good idea for them.

  • Aynwrong

    I’m honestly surprised that Perry didn’t blame “this environment that we have to live in” on heated rhetoric from the left about Trump.

  • Draxiar

    I imagine it’s a great deal of work to be as dense as Perry.

    • Aynwrong

      Imagine working for Perry. How how much work it would take to pretend not to notice.

    • Actually the dumber they are the more effortless it is. 🙂

  • Georgie

    I just keep various face palms, eye rolls, and disgusted gifs on stand by now…
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a44fc508ac794f54c7fdff5d4e0851680a676bd06cb0697ec8bd601d42794960.gif

    • Aynwrong

      Same.

  • ninjaf

    This story and the one you’ve posted just prior to this have no correlation. None whatsoever. 🙁