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Kentucky GOPer: ‘Mars and Earth are Exactly the Same Temp, So Climate Change Must Be a Lie’

A Kentucky state lawmaker offered a head-scratching reason why climate change must be a hoax. Mars, he said, is exactly the same temperature as the earth, so climate change can’t exist.

“I won’t get into the debate about climate change,” State Senator Brandon Smith said on July 2. “But I’ll simply point out that I think in academia we all agree that the temperature on Mars is exactly as it is here. Nobody will dispute that. Yet there are no coal mines on Mars. There’s no factories on Mars that I’m aware of.”

In case you are wondering, Mars is actually colder than the average temperature in Kentucky but a whole lot. On earth, the average temperature is 57 degrees Fahrenheit. On Mars, it is -81 degrees Fahrenheit.

Smith is right about one thing, though, there are, as far as we now know, no coal mines or factories on Mars, although the Smith does own one very profitable coal mine in Kentucky, something that just may shade his feelings about climate change and the new EPA regulations he adamantly opposes and was supposed to be talking about.

During the same meeting, however, Smith was also not the only Kentucky lawmaker to demand that global warming is all a big fat lie with some science-challenged logic.

“All this stems, this carbon capture, all this other stuff, it stems back to a scare, generated years ago about global warming,” fellow lawmaker Stan Lee said, also undaunted by facts.

“Finally it turned out there hasn’t been global warming in 15 or 20 years, then they changed the name to climate change,” he continued, despite evidence that a few years of low temperatures in America does not negate the reality of changing temperatures worldwide.

Another lawmaker used the dinosaur defense to ‘disprove’ climate change.

“The dinosaurs died, and we don’t know why, but the world adjusted, and to say that this is what’s going to cause detriment to people, I just don’t think it’s out there,” said Democratic state lawmaker Kevin Sinnette.

To make the discussion more ludicrous, the actual topic at hand was the new 700 pages of EPA regulations that many lawmakers freely admitted they simply did not understand. So instead of sitting quietly, Smith and the others went off on a fact-challenged rant about climate change, getting the lawmakers no closer to actual task at hand, a proposal to the EPA on how the state might meet the environmental goals outlined in the guidelines.

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