A Trump official was blasted, literally, with an air horn, for stating that seismic air gun tests in the ocean would have “next to no effect” on the endangered species that live there. A viral video clip of the hearing on seismic testing almost immediately gets to Rep. Joe Cunningham lifting up an air horn and blasting the entire chambers while everyone (too late) reaches up to cover their ears.
There’s something about using an air horn to make a political point that is so funny and it should happen a lot more often.
— Red T Raccoon (@RedTRaccoon) March 8, 2019
The horn was aired after a Trump official repeatedly stated that blasting seismic guns in the territory of right whales and other animals that use echolocation to navigate the waters would be no big deal. After setting off the air horn, Cunningham looks over at the Trump official and asks: “Was that disruptive, Mr. Oliver?”
Cut to Mr. Oliver, who sits there for a moment looking rather nonplussed before calling the blast “irritating.”
“It was irritating, but I didn’t find it particularly disruptive,” he says.
“How about every 10 seconds,” says Cunningham, “like seismic air gun blasting goes on for days, weeks, months?”
“If I were that close to it, yeah, probably,” Oliver concedes.
He pretty much had to admit to that being disruptive. Otherwise, he would have had environmental activists outside of his house with air horns all night long. Honk honk, Mr. Oliver.
Seismic blasting is used to look for oil and gas deposits in the ocean, which environmentalists are also not fond of. Oil companies, their lobbyists, and politicians in their pockets have long argued that this is not disruptive to animals like the right whale, which is endangered, and uses echolocation in order to do things like find food, keep track of the baby whales, identify predators or mates, avoid boats, etc. Animals that use echolocation are basically using their ears as their eyes, so seismic blasting is like humans getting blinded by an extremely bright flash of light every 10 seconds.
And although whales might not be right next to the seismic air guns all the time, those guns are 16,000 times louder than an air horn.
People are loving this example of creative testimony. Even Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez gave Rep. Cunningham a shout out.
This is like the “wrap it up” box but for climate delayers 😂
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 8, 2019
Unsurprisingly, Ocasio-Cortez’s followers are loving it so much that they’re asking for more.
Thank you. Shame you couldn’t just hold the air horn right next to his head.
— BobofAmbler (@RdFree4) March 8, 2019
Shoulda had a staff member do that every 10s while he continued questioning.
— Glen Buhlmann (@GlenBikes) March 8, 2019
It's so sad we have to sit adults down and physically demonstrate a concept and ask them "Is this fun? Do you like this? Does it annoy you? Now imagine if it was LOUDER!" Instead of just being able to say "Hey this thing is really bad," and having them understand and agree.
— Fifth Dream (@FifthDream) March 8, 2019
Best in-Congress experiment since Dr. Feynman dunked the Shuttle o-rings in ice water.
— Alternative HEHO (@AltHooverNPS) March 8, 2019
— Mark Slaight (@markslaight1) March 8, 2019
Congress needs more appropriately timed air horns!
— Mel Batoste (@Mel_Batoste) March 8, 2019
@AOC yo! Wrap that up, b! We tired of ya'll not listening to the future.
Should've held that trigger down a little longer in my opinion!
— the_culinarian (@jchimpo75) March 8, 2019
This is incredible, like something you would expect to see @RealHughJackman do in one of his movie roles. Too good 😂
— SenjutsuSage (@SenninSage) March 8, 2019
Should’ve hid the horn. Nature rarely gives/gets a warning.
— KBR (@KBRosenberg) March 9, 2019
Ask him, how many whales has he interviewed? Sonic waves are more powerful in water, basic science from high school.
— aka Xochi (@akaXochi) March 8, 2019
I say let's put them all in a pool stuck at the bottom with a snorkel and shoot off some air guns for while and see how long they last.
— R Brown (@RBrown533) March 8, 2019
As long as they aren't playing Nickleback at each other.
— Gloknor The Colubra (@glorknor) March 8, 2019
Sometimes you just have to bring the 1st grade lessons to the heads of corporations, organizations, polluters, etc.
— heidikumao (@heidikumao) March 8, 2019
I would made him listen to Justin Bieber at 16000 decibels.
— Babyboi (@Babyboy6769) March 8, 2019
— Jozef Foerch (@JoeFoerch) March 8, 2019
Chappelle Show references?! And here I was thinking there was no way I could appreciate you any more
— 𝙎𝙚𝙖𝙣 𝙀𝙜𝙖𝙣 (@The_CO_Atheist) March 8, 2019
Literally the only way to interact with these lying chumps
— DrownedAmmet (@DrownedAmmet) March 8, 2019
This is honestly better than a lot of TV. Guess I'm watching congressional footage for quality content now
— JOHNSON (@Johnson20XX) March 8, 2019
We all know Trump officials don't know s*** about squat and they'll only mimic what he tells them to say or what comes across in the Fox News notes
— Marc (@YesICanSayThat) March 8, 2019
Even Comedy Central got into the mix, thanks to Ocasio-Cortez’s well-placed Chappelle reference.
When someone's ignoring climate change. pic.twitter.com/Q5NYgAnNUd
— Comedy Central (@ComedyCentral) March 8, 2019