Today in the Capitol a very strange confrontation broke out between Rep. Joe Barton of Texas (the ranking Republican on the House Energy & Commerce Committee), and Energy Secretary Stephen Chu: http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/...n-i-stumped-nobel-prize-winning-scientist.php https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgKepHebKRc A transcript : (What the transcript doesn't show you is Chu laughing nervously the entire time, and Barton smiling like a cat about to pounce.) Later in the day Barton posted the above video of the incident on Youtube, and bragged "I seemed to have baffled the Energy Sec with basic question -- Where does oil come from? Check out the video" on Twitter. Aside from the worry that Barton does not seem to have understood the fairly reasonable 1-minute explanation Chu gave him (he still seems incredulous at the end of the video) what I am curious about is what Barton imagines the answer to his original question is. His suggestion about Alaska being "warmer" implies he had some specific answer in mind, but I'm not sure what.