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Utah Republican: Our Atmosphere Needs More Carbon Dioxide

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Utah state Rep. Jerry Anderson, who is a Republican of course, and a former science teacher believe it or not, has introduced a bill that would allow industries to pump as much carbon dioxide into the atmosphere as they want, because he feels there isn’t enough CO2 yet. He’d like to see us return to the days of the dinosaurs.

You can’t make up stuff like this; nobody would believe it. The Salt Lake Tribune reports: Utah Lawmaker: Our Atmosphere Needs More Carbon Dioxide.

HB229 narrows the definition of the term “air contaminants,” clarifying that “natural components of the atmosphere,” including nitrogen, oxygen and other stable, or noble gases, are not pollution.

Anderson’s bill would prevent the establishment of state standards for carbon dioxide below atmospheric concentrations of 500 parts per million. This is a level far above what is currently in the atmosphere, already padded with carbon thanks to two centuries of fossil-fuel burning.

“We are short of carbon dioxide for the needs of the plants,” Anderson, a retired science teacher, told the committee overseeing environmental programs in the the state on Tuesday. “Concentrations reached 600 parts per million at the time of the dinosaurs and they did quite well. I think we could double the carbon dioxide and not have any adverse effects.”

These people are dangerously insane.

(h/t: Taegan Goddard.)

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