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Top Five Crazy Conspiracy Theories Coming from ... The GOP-Controlled House Committee on Science

From global warming to obesity, these elected officials have some crazy ideas.

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“I don't think we can control what God controls,” he said.

4. Or maybe farts are the problem

As a climate change denier, Hall was in good company on the upper echelon of the science committee. His fellow member and the committees’ vice chairman, Representative Dana Rohrabacher from California, also believes that climate change is a hoax.

According to Rohrabacher, the planet actually experiences cyclical temperature fluctuations--and the last one may have been caused by dinosaur farts.

"We don't know what the other cycles were caused by in the past," he said. "It could be dinosaur flatulence. Who knows?"

In the same speech, Rohrabacher also said he would offer a list of "hundreds" of scientists who dispute global warming's human causes.

5. Obesity is all your fault

The committee members generally restrict their conspiracy theories to important issues of scientific inquiry, such as global warming or evolution. But once in a while, members also venture hypotheses on a variety of other topics -- such as genetics and weigh loss.

Such is the case with Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin, who has a message for all the overweight people in the United States: your fatness is all your fault.

Denying any relationship between genetics and obesity, Sensenbrenner was one of the co-sponsors of the Personal Responsibility in Food Consumption Bill. As for his rationale in sponsoring the bill, he said, “look in the mirror because you are the one to blame.”




Laura Gottesdiener is a freelance journalist and the author of "A Dream Foreclosed: Black America and the Fight for a Place to Call Home," forthcoming from Zuccotti Park Press.