It's hard to get more ridiculous than this -- GOP Congressman Joe Barton (Texas, ExxonMobil), who we recently covered for his dirty energy bailout energy plan, went on C-SPAN and said we shouldn't be worried about CO2 because it's "not hazardous to your health" and it's "natural". He said:

I'm creating it as I talk to you. It's in your Coca-Cola, your Dr. Pepper and your Perrier water. It's necessary for human life. It's odorless, colorless, tasteless, doesn't cause cancer, doesn't cause asthma. There's nobody that's ever been admitted to a hospital because of CO2 poisoning.

Check it out:

The Economist hit this one spot on when they profiled Rep. Barton for their "Profiles in Stupidity".

it's not simply that Mr Barton is a climate-change sceptic. There are plenty of those and some make decent arguments against moving ahead with measures to control emissions. The problem with Mr Barton is that he is wholly uninterested in the science and statistics of the global warming debate. He is about as curious as a dead cat, as is his colleague in the Senate, James Inhofe.

Well said.

Via [Huffington Post]

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GOP Congressman ignores science with CO2 claims
Texas Republican Congressman Joe Barton, friend of Big Oil, says we don't need to worry about CO2 because it's in Dr. Pepper.