Republicans repeal the law of gravity…

Posted on March 16, 2011

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There was once good King Canute who set his throne upon the beach and asked that the tide not come in.  According to what the Republicans learned in school, it didn’t.

Fancy that.

I mean otherwise why would these same Republicans be busy trying to repeal the laws of physics in their latest anti-science, anti-climate change bill before Congress?

On March tenth Representative Ed Markey (D-MA) made these remarks in regard to the bill:

Mr. Chairman, I rise in opposition to a bill that overturns the scientific finding that pollution is harming our people and our planet.

However, I won’t physically rise, because I’m worried that Republicans will overturn the law of gravity, sending us floating about the room.

I won’t call for the sunlight of additional hearings, for fear that Republicans might excommunicate the finding that the Earth revolves around the sun.

Instead, I’ll embody Newton’s third law of motion and be an equal and opposing force against this attack on science and on laws that will reduce America’s importation of foreign oil.

This bill will live in the House while simultaneously being dead in the Senate. It will be a legislative Schrodinger’s cat killed by the quantum mechanics of the legislative process!

Arbitrary rejection of scientific fact will not cause us to rise from our seats today. But with this bill, pollution levels will rise. Oil imports will rise. Temperatures will rise.

And with that, I yield back the balance of my time. That is, unless a rejection of Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity is somewhere in the chair’s amendment pile.

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Thanks to Christine at 350 or Bust for leading me to this quote.