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Noem Retreat Gives Spine and Climate Chance to Recover

In good news, Kristi Noem’s bad back and withdrawal from the campaign trail should help fight global warming. The less she’s up in the air, the less she contributes to climate change:

When Milan Klöwer spoke to Mongabay, he was fresh off the train in Germany. As a postdoctoral researcher and climate scientist at the University of Oxford, Klöwer said he does his best to avoid flying in planes — one of the worst climate change culprits.

“We’re climate scientists and we try to also lower our own carbon footprint,” Klöwer said, “taking an airplane is the one activity which probably unites all of science in terms of where we are really high emitters.”

Airplanes emit around 100 times more CO2 per hour than a shared bus or train ride, and the emissions of global aviation are around 1 billion tons of CO2 per year — more than the emissions of most countries, including Germany. Aviation contributes an estimated 2.4% of global annual CO2 emissions, most of it from commercial travel [Liz Kimbrough, “How Much Does Air Travel Warm the Planet? New Study Gives a Figure,” Mongabay, 2022.04.06].

Noem was going to fly to Maryland next week for a Republican fundraiser. Even though the Montgomery County Republican Club is still headlining Noem in its publicity for the 200-buck-a-pop Red White and Blue Dinner in College Park on the 22nd, doctor’s orders will surely keep her grounded in the Mansion in her slippers and fun bun. Heal your back, Kristi, and heal the planet: stay home!

No can do, Kristi: Maryland GOP Red White and Blue Dinner, flyre retrieved from Montgomery County Republican Party 2022.09.14.
No can do, Kristi! Maryland GOP Red White and Blue Dinner, poster retrieved from Montgomery County Republican Club 2022.09.14. Annotated to reflect doctor’s orders by CAH/DFP.



  1. Sally Jo 2022-09-14 07:42

    I contacted the Maryland Republican Party communications staffer to inquire if in light of her medical restrictions, Noem were still speaking in person, speaking via a live stream, or cancelling. No response so far from the sponsors.

  2. Donald Pay 2022-09-14 08:10

    Yeah, she’s such a liar and a manipulator, I have a hard time believing anything she says. I guess the doc is real, so maybe she had a back problem. If she starts cancelling the out-of-state speaking engagements that would be evidence this might be real. Speaking via live stream to an out-of-state campaign event would not provide cover for her not debating in South Dakota, though. She could always debate from a comfortable situation over live-stream.

  3. P. Aitch 2022-09-14 08:11

    A campaign featuring lies about wheelchair bound Billie Sutton ends up with the “liar in chief” in a similar situation? Awwwwww ……

  4. Arlo Blundt 2022-09-14 13:59

    She may live stream but she won’t, under any circumstances, debate.

  5. Joe 2022-09-14 14:42

    With the imminent departure of Gov. Hogan, the Maryland Republican Party is about as relevant these days as the Wyoming Democratic Party. (My sister, also a SD/RC native lives in the DC/Baltimore MD suburbs.)

  6. Jake 2022-09-14 20:00

    Why couldn’t she debate her opponent from a wheel-chair? She debated Billie Sutton 4 yrs ago who’s been wheel-chair bound quite awhile. IF she (Noem) doesn’t debate because of this, she is far more suspect of being one shallow, spineless politician. Not worthy of a decent, thinking South Dakotan’s vote.

  7. Bill Stocker 2022-09-15 09:01

    How convenient, maybe her back problems were caused by the weight of all the negative things she has done that are coming to light. Her back looked alright in that commercial when she was riding a horse.
    Hey Ian Fury, since you asked: the criminal violation she should be charged under is SDCL 3-24-3, misuse of public funds for personal and or political gain, EMBEZZLEMENT charged as a FELONY!

  8. M 2022-09-16 07:02

    I waitressed with a gal who had back surgery and returned to work one month later with size 40DDs. With increased tips, the surgery paid for itself.

    It will do our snow queen some good to stay put for more than two days. She won’t melt.

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