GOP Rep. Broun Says Clean Energy Kills: ‘People are Gonna Die’
June 11, 2010
(ChattahBox)—-As our nation suffers from one of the worst environmental disasters in history, with the Gulf oil spill, Republican lawmakers are still opposing energy legislation. And one of the more clownish members of the House, Rep. Paul Broun, (R-GA) took to the floor this week to comically rail against energy reform, because it would somehow kill off elderly Southerners from the lack of affordable air conditioning. “People are gonna die” drawled the Congressman from Georgia.
The extreme right-wing Broun, who believes climate change is a hoax, based his dire prediction on the GOP falsehood that clean energy legislation would raise electricity rates. However, in the reality-based world, “clean energy legislation — like the American Power Act — would create millions of jobs and reduce our dependence on foreign oil at a minimal cost to consumers. For example, the Peterson Institute for International Economics found that the average household would see “between a $136 increase and a $35 dollar decrease in annual energy expenditures.”
Spewing out bizarre falsehoods is nothing new for Broun. He once denounced healthcare reform, as a form of Obama-inspired Yankee aggression against the South, said the public option would kill people, attacked Obama as a zombie with no soul and he warned that Obama would become a dictator and declare martial law.
Now, the paranoid Congressman is claiming that clean energy will cause “electricity bills go sky high,” resulting in the mass deaths of poor elderly Southerners:
BROUN: “A lot of old people in Georgia and Florida and all out throughout the southeast and the southwest are dependent on air conditioning just to live. And if their electricity bills go sky high, as the energy tax is gonna make it happen, if that ever passes there are a lot of people that can’t afford to run their air conditioning any more and a lot of people are gonna have a hard time with hyperthermia is what I call it — what we call it in medicine as a medical doctor — which means that their body temperature’s gonna go up, they’re gonna have dehydration, and people are gonna have a lot of problems. And it’s gonna have a greater impact on our health care system and people are gonna die because of that. But it’s gonna kill jobs too.”