John Boenher in 2009 says CO2 is not harmful, says in 2014 that he is “not qualified to debate the science over climate change”

September 3, 2014

Climate Change


George, 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.”

– Rep. John Boehner (R-OH), Chairman of Congressional Committee on Education and Workforce, Speaker of the US House of Representatives in a 2009 interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos

“Listen, I’m not qualified to debate the science over climate change.”

– The same John Boehner in a 2014 speech

Being Speaker of the House does not make you a climate scientist. It also does not allow you to make ignorant statements that misinform the public and degrade our ability to have intelligent discussions on climate science. Similarly, acknowledging that you are not a scientist does not free you from taking responsibility for inaccurate statements on scientific issues.

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One Comment on “John Boenher in 2009 says CO2 is not harmful, says in 2014 that he is “not qualified to debate the science over climate change””

  1. magnocrat Says:

    We all have limited knowledge most people know carbon dioxide is harmless when inhaled with air. In large quantities it will suffocate since it prevents oxygen getting to the lungs. On the climate question we are talking about a different effect due to small percentages of the gas in the air. Politicians should try to keep abreast of scientific advances. Today we have many willing and capable scientists making science understandable to reasonable people.
    Some of the ideas are difficult but politicians have a duty to understand as they are running the show.



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