August 15, 2008
No this is not The Onion. Bill Sali, a Republican from Idaho, actually believes that the solution to America’s oil dilemma lies in — drum roll please — cutting down trees:
Congressman Sali informed us that a solution to the high price of gasoline was to make petroleum from “all those trees in our forests.” Stunned by the comment, I suffered a momentary regret for not taking that high school chemistry class those many years ago. He continued by saying there ‘”could be up to 40 barrels of oil ” in a single tree.”
As it turns out, the poor ass has been has been saying this as far back as 2006:
Sali favors tapping into forest timber for biofuel. “Forty percent of the mass of every tree in the forest is crude oil,” he said. Going after that, he said, “could put Idaho in the oil business for the first time.”
One of the biggest barriers to arguing with a conservative is the need first to determine whether he is: (a) a liar, (b) a fool, (c) a headcase, or (d) some combination of the first three. The good news is that once you’ve done this, the argument can proceed.
The bad news is, this filtering process leaves damned few conservatives worth arguing with. And this saphead prospecting for oil in the forests of Idaho sure ain’t one of them.