Former Trump Home Secretary and current Congressional candidate Ryan Zinke is a man of many talents: he is a skillful con artist, a committed player, and a capable horseman. But what I respect the most about Zinke is that he has a curious mind – a rarity in politics these days, especially among former and aspiring Republican members of Congress (of which he both is). Now, okay, that’s the kind of inquisitive mind that would suit a third grader’s skull better, but still!
Here is, for example, a tweet from Zinke’s official campaign account in Congress, asking what is, I guess, an official question from the man who once ruled most of this country’s land and natural resources:
That was Ryan’s question. Here are some of mine:
- Ryan, my man, my man. Do you think, uh, do you think there is a finite amount of wind that can “run out” at some point in the future? Do you know what the “wind” really is? You know that’s not a thing, do you? Just the by-product of changing pressure systems. Do you understand any of these words?
- Ry-man. Let’s say, for the sake of argument, that the wind may really be lacking; don’t you think we would have many bigger issues in this case than whether or not you can turn the lights on and off? Like, say, the fact that all weather dynamics on the planet seemingly collapsed until the global apocalypse?
- Ryan, Mr. Secretary, Mr. Congressman. Did you know that the coal and compressed dinosaur residues that currently fuel most of the world’s industry are, in and of themselves, an extremely limited resource?
- Ryan, Sir! Have you ever heard of batteries? Do they have any in Montana? They are pretty cool and useful!
- RYAN !!!!! What are you talking about ????
See? I also have a curious mind!
Now, in fairness to Ryan, the idea that we need a mix of solar, wind, and fossil power at the moment is mostly in line with the broader political consensus among inane centrist Democrats who have rejected the Green New Deal. increasingly urgent that hopes to avoid – or, at this point, just mitigate – our looming climate catastrophe. But Zinke’s absolutist and scientifically inconsistent scare-mongering is a sign that maybe Ryan should be spending a little less time online and a little more time offline and offline.