Congressman Joe Barton (R-TX) seems to be awfully proud of himself. On Friday, he sent out the following twitter: “I seemed to have baffled the Energy Sec with basic question – Where does oil come from?”. Barton was referring to Steven Chu, the new US secretary of energy, who appeared in front of the US House Committee on Energy and Commerce, where Barton is the ranking Republican.
What Barton actually asked him was “How did all the oil and gas get to Alaska and under the Arctic Ocean?”. When Chu tried to answer, Barton interrupted him and started talking about “a big pipeline that we’ve created from Texas and shipped it up there and put it under ground so we can now pump it up” Video and full transcript of the interchange here.
Considering that Chu has won the Nobel prize in physics, and before he took a job in Obama’s cabinet he was a professor of physics and molecular and cellular biology at Berkeley, isn’t it more likely that Chu was just amazed that a member of the Energy committee would ask such a dumb question?