Monday, April 20, 2009

Every cow that farts

By Mustang Bobby

According to House Minority Leader Rep. John Boehner (R-OH), every time a cow breaks wind -- and trust me, I've worked on a dairy farm, and they do it a lot -- it contributes to climate change:

Appearing on ABC's This Week, the Ohio Republican was asked what to describe the GOP plan to dealing with greenhouse gas emissions, "which every major scientific organization said is contributing to climate change."

Boehner replied: "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."

First, who is saying that carbon dioxide is a carcinogen? Second, the most prominent bovine effluence "when they do what they do" is methane, not just carbon dioxide.

Frankly, for all the bullshit that Mr. Boehner shovels, I'm surprised he doesn't know that.

(Cross-posted from Bark Bark Woof Woof).

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  • Third, CO2 actually *is* poisonous to us, it's just that in our natural environment the level of CO2 is so low compared to where it needs to be to cause us harm.

    From Wikipedia:

    "Toxicity and its effects increase with the concentration of CO2, here given in volume percent of CO2 in the air:

    * 1%, as can occur in a crowded auditorium with poor ventilation, can cause drowsiness with prolonged exposure. [30]
    * At 2% it is mildly narcotic and causes increased blood pressure and pulse rate, and causes reduced hearing. [31]
    * At about 5% it causes stimulation of the respiratory centre, dizziness, confusion and difficulty in breathing accompanied by headache and shortness of breath. [31]
    * At about 8% it causes headache, sweating, dim vision, tremor and loss of consciousness after exposure for between five and ten minutes.[31]

    By Blogger wino, at 11:54 AM  

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