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Texas congressman lectures colleagues on caribou romance

AL GRILLO / AP archive photo

Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas last week espoused a reason for keeping oil flowing through the trans-Alaska pipeline that got even Alaska Rep. Don Young giggling at its absurdity, reports The Washington Post. If we let the pipeline run dry, Gohmert theorized, caribou won't feel like mating.

Gohmert launched into a lecture during a meeting of the House Natural Resources committee last week about the need to protect the poor caribou. But here's the catch - the evil force against which he wants to defend the creatures is the halting of the flow of oil through the pipeline. That, he says, would be akin to throwing cold water on what sounds like a randy spring-break party happening around Alaska's caribou population.

It seems that Gohmert is also something of an expert on animal husbandry. Here's his theory: The caribou very much enjoy the warmth the pipeline radiates. "So when they want to go on a date, they invite each other to head over to the pipeline," he informed his colleagues. It's apparently the equivalent of being wined and dined. And that has resulted in a tenfold caribou population boom, he concluded.

Read more at The Post.