10 Environmental Quotes You Won’t Believe Were Said
Freedom of speech is possibly one of the greatest civil liberties ever granted. It allows us to form opinions, openly question ideas, and in some cases overhear the most ridiculous statements. As people continue to say shockingly foolish things, I like to make note, and later go back and laugh. So, here is a collection of some insanely irrational quotes said in real life, by real people.
1. “Trees cause more pollution than automobiles do.” – Ronald Reagan
I’m not quite sure exactly what sort of pollution he thinks trees produce, but maybe he hates raking and considers falling leaves litter? Ronald really should have just said no to commenting on the environment.
2. “A changing environment will affect Alaska more than any other state, because of our location. I’m not one though who would attribute it to being man-made.” – Sarah Palin
Oh Sarah, you just make it too easy. While Alaska certainly will be affected by climate change, all 50 states will be greatly affected in some capacity. Eastern coastal states will likely be flooded, California is in danger of severe droughts, and central states can expect more damaging tornadoes. On top of that, almost all evidence points to human actions as the cause.
3. “We’re seeing the reality of a lot of the North Pole starting to evaporate, and we could get to a tipping point. Because if it evaporates to a certain point — they have lanes now where ships can go that couldn’t ever sail through before. And if it gets to a point where it evaporates too much, there’s a lot of tundra that’s being held down by that ice cap.” – Henry Waxman
Way to try to find a positive spin Henry, but unfortunately some of these “new lanes” will be where people’s houses, national monuments, and many cities are located. I bet he’s the kind of guy who thinks hurricanes are fun, because you get to ride in a boat when evacuating.
4. “Carbon dioxide is portrayed as harmful. But there isn’t even one study that can be produced that shows that carbon dioxide is a harmful gas.” – Michelle Bachmann
I can’t even dignify this statement with a response.
5. “The whole [global warming] thing is created to destroy America’s free enterprise system and our economic stability.” – Jerry Falwell
Yes Jerry, that’s it. The housing crisis, the increase in jobless claims, and the economic recession were just because of false environmental disaster studies.
6. “Obviously, nu-que-lar power is, uh, a renewable source of energy, and the less demand there is for non-renewable sources of energy, like fossil fuels, the better it off it is for the American people.” – George W. Bush
Where do I start? First, why didn’t anyone in his administration explain to George how to say “nuclear?” Second, nuclear is not better for the American people. We all saw what happened to Japan’s nuclear power plant in Fukushima. Apparently George doesn’t quite understand the concept of radiation.
7. “It isn’t pollution that’s harming the environment. It’s the impurities in our air and water that are doing it.” – Dan Quayle
I wonder what Dan thinks is causing the impurities and our air and water, perhaps pollution?
8. “We don’t know what those other cycles were caused by in the past. Could be dinosaur flatulence, you know, or who knows?” – Dana Rohrabacher
What, you’ve never heard of the “big break wind theory?”
9. “[Oil spills] can have both positive and negative effects on local and regional economies. Spill response and clean-up creates business and employment opportunities for affected communities, regions, and clean-up service providers.”- Kinder Morgan Oil Company
Once again, someone looking at the positive side of a very negative situation. I don’t think the oil company cares to recognize how many people were forced out of work due to spill damages.
Finally, the pinnacle of all absurdity:
10. “Wind is God’s way of balancing heat. Wind is the way you shift heat from areas where it’s hotter to areas where it’s cooler. That’s what wind is. Wouldn’t it be ironic if in the interest of global warming we mandated massive switches to energy, which is a finite resource, which slows the winds down, which causes the temperature to go up? Now, I’m not saying that’s going to happen, Mr. Chairman, but that is definitely something on the massive scale. I mean, it does make some sense. You stop something, you can’t transfer that heat, and the heat goes up. It’s just something to think about.” - Joe Barton
Now that you’ve finished, let’s be thankful for the right to speak freely. Without this right, we could never be amused by the outlandish things our fellow earth dwellers say!
Can’t get enough outrageous quotes? Check out 10 MORE Environmental Quotes You Won’t Believe Were Said.
- Demand Response
- Energy politics
- Energy Today
- Fossil Fuels
- Natural Power