Santorum Loves Him Some Carbon Dioxide

In case you thought Rick Santorum couldn’t get any more inane:

“The dangers of carbon dioxide? Tell that to a plant, how dangerous carbon dioxide is,” he said.

And what do you mean your son drowned in a lake? Ask a fish how safe it is in the water.

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  • Randomfactor

    Maybe excessive CO2 breathing explains Santorum’s outlook on the world.

  • markholcombe

    Ed,

    You have a spelling mistake. The first sentence should read , “In case you thought Rick Santorum couldn’t get anymore insane.”

  • StevoR

    Tell that to a plant. Like a triffid?

    Here’s a thought Mr “Stinkyfroth” the santorum : Why don’t you prove to the world how harmless carbon dioxide is by getting a sealed room full of it – just carbon dioxide nothing else – and staying inside for, oh, say a couple of hours should do it?

  • dingojack

    SOLUTION: put a plastic bag over Mr Frothy’s head for 3 – 15 minutes.

    Simple.

    Dingo

  • StevoR

    Guess no one has sent Sabntorum this clip :

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g093lhtpEFo&list=PL029130BFDC78FA33&index=36&feature=plpp_video

    to educate him then?

    Plants include weeds, toxic varieties and plants get killed off by extreme wetaher events like droughts, floods, heatwaves storms and ocean acidification.

    Somebody also wish to remind Mr Stinkfroth that a little manure helps plants grow but you you don’t want your whole house full of it?

  • Ellie

    Oh, hell. Dingo beat me to it @4. I don’t want to do it to him, though. I think he should volunteer to do it himself to show us how safe it is.

  • axilet

    To Rick Santorum:

    Plants=/=human beings

    Yours sincerely,

    The real world

  • http://aceofsevens.wordpress.com Ace of Sevens

    There’s no way he’s this stupid. Santorum has to be disingenuous here.

  • DaveL

    As tempting as it is to correct Santorum on the question of $latex CO_2$ toxicity, the bigger question is why he thinks scientists are talking about “Global Climate Change” rather than “Holy Fuck Poison Gas?”

  • imrryr

    And this is why Rick Santorum has plans to move himself and all his supporters to Venus if he fails to be elected president this year.

  • jamessweet

    A friend of mine wants to turn this into an internet meme.

    “You think decaying organic matter is bad for you? Tell that to a plant!”

  • frankb

    Santorum ought to have been downhill from Lake Nyos in Cameroon on August 21 1986. He could have enjoyed some African wilderness without any bugs, animals, or humans around. Of course he wouldn’t have survived either when a cloud of harmless CO2 came through.

  • janine

    Carbon dioxide is a natural byproduct of nature.

    Nothing like being lectured at by the gleefully ignorant.

  • acroyear

    I’d wager his staff probably once passed around the “Dangers of Dihydrogen Monoxide” email with the caption added, “don’t let the boss see this…”.

  • D. C. Sessions

    I swear, sometimes I wish I could pipe CO2 into a large Republican gathering and run the concentration up to about 3%.

    Then watch the news.

  • http://anexerciseinfutility.blogspot.com tommykey

    Sticking with plants, there is eventually a point of diminishing returns before reaching a point where it becomes excessive and harmful, just as too much water is bad for plants as well.

    Of course, Santorum also ignores that as CO2 concentrations increase and the Earth warms, it affects rainfall patterns. If crops wither because of lack of rain, then one can’t say how wonderful CO2 is for plants.

  • http://www.holytape.etsy.com holytape

    I just had a plastic bag to whomever says that carbon dioxide is harmless and suggest that they prove it.

  • http://www.holytape.etsy.com holytape

    The correct response should have been, “I am concern for the well-being of Mr. Santorum’s mental health, as he has now taken to consulting plants on matters of scientific importance. And I believe he’s consulting small household appliances on matters of foreign policy.”

  • shallit

    Why does Santorum think talking to plants is a good way to achieve his goals?

  • naturalcynic

    Speaking about talking to plants… Didn’t he get the idea from Michell Bachmann?

  • Brain Hertz

    The movie excerpt that always springs to mind when I hear this nonsense is this one:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5giXXW_UdaM

    Oh, and the thing about “plant food”? The best response I have is “So is horse manure. That doesn’t mean that unlimited quantities of it necessarily enhance our environment”.

  • Brain Hertz

    Additional:

    How did we collectively become this stupid?

  • roggg

    Umm…excuse me Mr Santorum. Are we plants?

  • tassilo

    It’s another one of the lies Santorum tells in his heart.

  • andrewlephong

    @3:

    Why don’t you prove to the world how harmless carbon dioxide is by getting a sealed room full of it – just carbon dioxide nothing else – and staying inside for, oh, say a couple of hours should do it?

    It doesn’t even have to be 100% carbon dioxide for several hours. Even 2% carbon dioxide for a few minutes makes people sick. If you’re talking about death, 20% for about a half hour will do it for most people.

  • John Hinkle

    “The dangers of carbon dioxide? Tell that to a plant, how dangerous carbon dioxide is,” he said.

    Since Santy doesn’t believe people should go to college, and his audience agreed with him, this little airy quip probably sailed clear over their airy heads.

  • http://uncyclopedia.wikia.com/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Santorum’s a shill for Big Chloroplast!

  • F

    Something tells me that Santmoron doesn’t realize that plants respire as well as photosynthesize. Or that raised carbonic acid in rain isn’t awesome for plants and rocks and animals, and structures, either.

  • Penh

    The dangers of being buried alive? Tell that to a potato, how dangerous being buried alive is.

    The dangers of hydrochloric acid? Tell that to your stomach lining, how dangerous hydrochloric acid is.

    The dangers of biting a tiger’s nipples? Tell that to a tiger cub, how dangerous biting a tiger’s nipples is.

    Feel free to add your own! #SafeSantorum

  • sunsangnim

    How the fuck is this guy a serious presidential candidate? I’ve always been cynical about the intelligence of the electorate, but even six months ago I never would have predicted Santorum would be so popular. For someone like this to have even a slim chance at the presidency is both surreal and disturbing. I’ve already moved halfway around the world. In the unlikely event of a Santorum presidency, how much farther away can I move? Mars?

  • Peter B

    I had two questions concerning CO2 and it’s contribution to global warning. (Note: I am NOT saying that Planet Earth is not getting warmer. I am trying to understand how warmer has an anthropomorphic cause.)

    Background on question 1:

    Most anthropomorphic carbon dioxide comes from fossil fuels. There is, perhaps, a small net increase due to deforestation but the primary source is hydrocarbon fuels.

    Radiocarbon dating forms the basis of a test, which says whether or not anthropomorphic carbon dioxide could possibly be involved in global warming. The test is simple: do modern C12/C14 ratios appear to be old. Not “to old to measure” old but enough older to exceed the margin of error inherent in such testing.

    Notice carefully: I did NOT say that this test could show that there was no increase atmospheric carbon dioxide. But this test could say that people are not the cause of it.

    Answer to 1. Apparently modern atmospheric C12/C14 ratios show that fossil fuels i.e. anthropomorphic causes, have been demonstrated to be relevant in the increase in the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere.

    Question 2: What are the physical properties of CO2 that have a bearing on planetary heat retention?

    http://lasersparkpluginc.com/uploads/CO2_Absorption_Data.pdf – – Let’s ignore Gary Novak, Independent Scientist, for now. He writes like a crank. IIRC, his other writings demonstrate crankiness.

    http://www.wag.caltech.edu/home/jang/genchem/infrared.htm Figure 6 (about halfway down) shows a serious dip at about 4.3 microns. Note that most other places show >90% transmittance. (Anything more that marginally shy of 100% seems strange – see next URL.)

    http://www.coe.ou.edu/sserg/web/Results/Spectrum/co2.pdf page 2. Note the major absorption bands around 2350 wave numbers. Also note the narrow, widely spaced narrow absorption bands in the 2205 to 2208 wave numbers,

    Now look at H2O http://www.coe.ou.edu/sserg/web/Results/Spectrum/h2o.pdf. Carbon dioxide absorbs where water does not.

    Has Gary Novak actually hit on something?

    Image a window with light gray decals on it. More CO2 – add decals on top of those already present. More CO2 more decals. Given how strongly CO2 absorbs, a few hundred feet and the decal metaphor is already showing solid black – perhaps stopping 99% of the only wavelengths CO2 can stop. Adding more can do nothing. Doubling atmospheric CO2 – or having it- will have no effect. Even minimal CO2 will stop all of the infrared in its narrow bands.

    I’m not saying our planet is not warming. But I’m having a hard time trying to understand how CO2 can be the, or even a, major culprit.

    I would love to see on one graph the IR stopping ability of oxygen, nitrogen, carbon dioxide, water, methane and other gasses. One must also select a reasonable block body temperature to determine how much energy our planet emits at the various absorbable wave lengths / wave numbers.

  • exdrone

    Santorum has the intellect of a vegetable, his followers are pod people, and now he wants to ensure the food supply for plants. Remember the admonitions from The Invasion:

    “Don’t show emotion, then they can’t tell who’s who” … and don’t fall asleep.

  • Ichthyic

    This makes perfect sense to me.

    I always suspected Santorum was actually an evil-alien plant-lord in disguise.

  • Ichthyic

    I’ve already moved halfway around the world. In the unlikely event of a Santorum presidency, how much farther away can I move? Mars?

    …which of course means you should vote for Gingrich. He’ll build a moon base for us to send Santorum to.

    That IS what it’s for, right?

  • billycarson

    Actually, that explains a lot. Like why he has spent his career feeding people bullshit.

  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie

    Aw, this is just Li’l Rick’s wayosayin’ to the electorate, “Hey, I’m one of you. Don’t let the $2000 suits and the $75 haircuts fool you, I’m a gomer, and you can too!”.

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