Proud Ignorance

Plate tectonics is something we learn in junior high school. And yet Congressman Joe Barton (R-Super Stupid) thinks the idea is hilarious and silly.

Benen notes:

Shortly thereafter, Barton tweeted, "I seem to have baffled the Energy Sec with basic question - Where does oil come from?" Indeed, when Barton's office posted the clip to YouTube, they included a message at the start of the video: "Where does oil come from? Question leaves Energy Secretary puzzled."

Not only did Barton not baffle or puzzle Secretary Chu, but the above video in which Chu is clearly not baffled or puzzled was posted by Barton's staff.

And Barton is an elected member of Congress.