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Thursday, October 27, 2016

GOP Lawmaker: Fracking Is Fine, Because ‘Indians’ Used Methane-Filled Water For Warmth

GOP Lawmaker: Fracking Is Fine, Because ‘Indians’ Used Methane-Filled Water For Warmth

People have many differing opinions on the merits of fracking. But they’re usually not as creative and nonsensical as that of Republican Colorado state senator Randy Baumgardner.

On right-wing activist Gordon Klingenschmitt’s Pray In Jesus’ Name show, Baumgardner argued that fracking must be okay for the environment, because having methane in water is totally normal.

He knows this because apparently “Indians” used this water for warmth, and because he’s gone to “fracking seminars” that left him feeling very educated on the topic.

“I’ve been doing a lot of the fracking seminars, and if people haven’t been, then they really don’t understand it,” he said. “They talk about methane in the water and this, that, and the other, but if you go back in history and look at how the Indians traveled, they traveled to the burning waters. And that was methane in the waters and that was for warmth in the wintertime.

“So a lot of people, if they just trace back the history, they’ll know how a lot of this is propaganda,” Baumgardner said.

He seems confused that people are concerned at all about fracking, as according to him, “since the 1940s, when they first started fracking, there’s never been one reported incident.”

This not only ignores all of the risks of fracking, but the reports of earthquakes and toxic emissions that have already been linked to the controversial practice.

If you want to be as educated as Baumgardner is on the subject, it’s apparently really easy. As he stressed in the interview, “most of these seminars are free!”

But this is far from the craziest moment on Klingenschmitt’s show. In the past, Klingenschmitt, who is a Colorado state House candidate, told his audience not to worry about same-sex marriage bans being struck down, because Jesus has the power to overrule the Supreme Court and send all gay men straight to Hell.

Klingenschmitt is also convinced that people get high because of demons.

There’s clearly lots of rational thinking happening on this show.

Video of Baumgardner’s appearance is below.

Screenshot via YouTube

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  • Independent1

    The more I read articles like this one in the NM, the more I’m convinced that Republicans aren’t any better at being fake scientists, than they are at being fake Christians. They don’t know any more about science than they do about Christianity.

    • dtgraham

      In the area of science? Well lemme see. Sarah Palin has been urging NASA for years to get off their duffs, get to work and finally get to the bottom, at long last, of exactly what type of cheese the moon is made out of anyway.

      Michelle Bachmann has been lobbying for the formation of a Congressional scientific inquiry committee to study precisely how hard God has to blow to create the kind of category 5 hurricanes he sends our way to punish us all for gay marriage.

      They say that Steve King is working on a highly complex mathematical formula that involves the computation of drug weight carried x distance walked divided by the square root of body mass cubed, all of which should give you—after solving for x—the exact size of the cantaloupe calves that would be produced in an illegal alien child.

      If I hear of any more I’ll let you know.

      • Dominick Vila

        How about the oil industry “scientists” that were paraded by the Bush administration to prove that Al Gore predictions about global warming and climate change were a farce?

        • dtgraham

          Yeah I remember that. I kind of questioned their scientific credentials though when they said that if we need to, we can lower the earth’s temperature dramatically just by switching from Fahrenheit to Celsius.

          I think Bush and Cheney’s idea on how to fight global warming would be to send 30,000 troops to the sun.

      • Independent1

        Thanks for a few chuckles this morning!! You got the gist of it – all Republicans want science to do is justify their own personal wacko fake ideas, wild notions and conspiracy theories.

  • Dominick Vila

    I thought stuff like this was saved for Fridays? Then again, it is so easy to fill the crazy quota that it would be almost impossible to choose the most bizarre five on a given week.
    I guess having earthquakes in parts of Oklahoma and other states where fracking has taken place was just a coincidence.

    As for the “Indians”, I guess I owe morons like this a big thank you for clarifying that our nomadic Native Americans did not follow the buffalo, they were actually searching for water with a high concentration of methane! Should we assume the old inhabitants of the New World carried portable chemical labs to test the water to make sure they drank the most polluted?

    • Independent1

      Not to mention all the people in the states with fracking going on that have been driven from their homes and farms because the land and water where they live has become so polluted that they and their farm animals can no longer drink the water and the fumes from the fracking chemicals make it impossible for them to live there. And in addition, the large number of lawsuits that are pending around the nation brought by people who claim they’ve been severely harmed personally via allergic and other bodily reactions from contact with even the vapors from these chemicals; or from having mistakenly drunken the water.

      • Dominick Vila

        Rest assured, if this issue makes the headlines, the GOP will blame the Democrats for allowing fracking when we controlled the White House. And if construction of the Keystone XL pipeline is approved, it will become part of Obama’s legacy.
        Republicans may be short of constructive ideas, but when it comes to electioneering and cynicism they are second to none.