I just finished reading Elizabeth Kolbert's 'Uncomfortable Climate' piece in the 22 November 2010 issue of The New Yorker, pp. 53-54. The article illustrated some of the climate change beliefs of several House members who are about to ascend to leadership positions.
"The idea that carbon dioxide is a carcinogen, that is harmful to our environment, is almost comical." -- Rep. John Boehner (R-OH), soon to be Speaker of the House, in a 2009 interview with George Stephanopolous.
At least Rep. Boehner won't have to work as hard to maintain his tan.
"We're going to want to have a do-over." -- Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), likely chair of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, commenting on the three previous 'Climategate' investigations that found no evidence of data manipulation.
"When it rains, we find shelter. When it's hot, we get shade. When it's cold, we find a warm place to stay." -- Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX), commenting on adapting to climate change.
Rep. Barton is the one who apologized to former BP Chair Tony Hayward for the White House 'shakedown' of BP.
Read more on the climate change wisdom of Rep. Shimkus. Both he and Rep. Barton are vying to become chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
These quotes are comical in a frightening sort of way.
You can also read about Oklahoma's dynamic duo, Sen. Tom Coburn and Sen James Inhofe, in the 8 November 2010 issue of the High Country News (you may need to subscribe to read all the stories). You'll no doubt find some good quotes there, such as the following.
"They've been cooking that science since 1998." -- Sen. James Inhofe, referring to EPA's evidence for climate change (aforementioned HCN, p. 17)
"It comes back to a lot of falsee claims of climate change. You notice that they don't call it global warming anymore because they can't back that up with the science." -- Sen. Tom Coburn (aforementioned HCN, p. 18)
"If God had wanted us to vote, he would have given us candidates." -- Jay Leno