Most people would agree that Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) holds the record for the dumbest thing ever uttered by a politician about climate change, But during an event in Harrisburg Pennsylvania late last month, a GOP state senator is giving him a run for his money.
During the event, Sen. Scott Wagner (R-PA) spoke about what he sees are the benefits of drilling for natural gas.
“There’s a huge difference between an active environmentalist and an environmental activist,” he said according to NPR. “I love the outdoors, I grew up around the outdoors, I love fishing–I am in favor of drilling on state lands.”
He then delved into the usual pattern where a climate science-denying politician acknowledges the existence of climate change, but follows up the acknowledgement with pseudoscience.
“I haven’t been in a science class in a long time, but the earth moves closer to the sun every year–you know the rotation of the earth,” Wagner said. “We’re moving closer to the sun.”
“We have more people. You know, humans have warm bodies. So is heat coming off — things are changing, but I think we are, as a society, doing the best we can.”
Wagner’s childish thought process when it comes to science doesn’t need much analysis, but the folks at IFLS pointed out that humans “are not capable of giving off so much heat that the entire planet is heating up 170 times faster than would naturally be expected.” Which begs the question, “Why did this not happen when the dinosaurs, with their massive heat-emitting bodies, ruled the world?”
Logic a child could understand.