Kentucky Republican: Climate Change Unproven Because ‘Temperature On Mars Is Exactly As It Is Here’
Kentucky State Senator Brandon Smith knows (via Daily Kos) just why climate change has not been proven.
“As you (Energy & Environment Cabinet official) sit there in your chair with your data, we sit up here in ours with our data and our constituents and stuff behind us. I don’t want to get into the debate about climate change, but I will 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 are no factories on Mars that I’m aware of.”
Louisville’s Fat Lip explains:
First of all, I did not make up that quote, it’s quite real.
Secondly, while the average temperature on Earth is roughly 58 degrees Fahrenheit, the average temperature on Mars is approximately -80 degrees Fahrenheit. In Sen. Smith’s defense, he’s only off by about 138 degrees or so, which happens sometimes. Let’s go ahead and round up (up up up up up up up, etc…).
Thirdly, note that when Smith refers to those in academia, he uses the word “we.” Because he’s obviously one of those academic types. He has “his” data, and the 98 percent of climate scientists who believe in climate change have “theirs.” Nobody will dispute that.
Fourthly, while Mars doesn’t burn any coal — smashing claims that climate change on Earth is due to this, since we have the same temperature* — Smith can’t be sure that they don’t have any factories giving off greenhouse gases. We’ll have to check with the data of the Martian scientists before we can confirm this claim.
Lastly, Smith is an actual elected official in Kentucky’s state Senate, who has been elected to this position twice by real Kentucky voters, and served four terms in the House before that.
Eric Trommater July 4th, 2014 at 12:24 am
138 degrees? Actually I’d put that well with in The Tea Party margin of error.
crc3 July 4th, 2014 at 12:25 am
Obewon July 4th, 2014 at 12:50 am
“In academia we all agree that the temperature (-80°F Below Zero) on Mars is exactly as it is here ( 58°F). Nobody will dispute that. Yet there are no (Koch Bros) coal mines on Mars. There are no factories on Mars that I’m aware of.”-4 KY House terms, plus 2-terms in KY’s Senate proves Smith’s 138 degree error rate shows how hard-up Mc’Connell Voters are.
AnthonyLook July 4th, 2014 at 1:48 am
America is being held hostage by conservative idiots.
fahvel July 4th, 2014 at 8:29 am
no, just idiots since the people who disagree with the first group of idiots are actually doing nothing to change anything except yack on sites like this.
AnthonyLook July 4th, 2014 at 3:08 pm
I agree that MORE has to be done as individuals and as a group. Having said that, sites like this provide information from one user to another, links, education and often information on actions that can be taken- such as petitions, or protests. For example there is a protest I am attending at Murrietta today of which I got information on a web site. Often the users on this site have insight and valid points which provide a different perspective (even those I disagree with).
Robert Spiess July 4th, 2014 at 1:49 am
He should stick to religion Conservatives don’t do science very well…
Eric Trommater July 4th, 2014 at 1:56 am
Like these good people?
Suzanne McFly July 4th, 2014 at 11:30 am
Ugh, that is a SCARY pic, I am glad there are only 4 of them
Linda1961 July 4th, 2014 at 4:41 am
Cons don’t do religion very well either, unless their religion is based upon hate.
bpollen July 4th, 2014 at 5:39 am
Average air pressure on Mars: 7 millibars.
Average air pressure on Earth: 1013.25 millibars
Makeup of Mars atmosphere: 96% CO2, 2% Nitrogen, .14% Oxygen
Makeup of earth’s atmosphere: 78% Nitrogen, 21% Oxygen, .0397% CO2
Average temp on Mars -80 degrees F.
Average temp on earth 58 degrees F.
My God, he’s right!!! They are perfectly analogous!
Let me be the first to suggest that he go camping on Mars…no pesky bugs or bears or non-christians.
Anomaly 100 July 4th, 2014 at 10:00 am
He’s using Tea Party science.
Suzanne McFly July 4th, 2014 at 11:32 am
See, that is were we liberals go wrong, we use those facts and stuff, we need to pull stuff out of our butts and throw it at the wall and see what sticks. That is how we convince rwnj’s, other wise we are just pandering to our base.
bpollen July 4th, 2014 at 4:59 pm
Pandering to our base??? Oh, the shame…
Shades July 4th, 2014 at 9:55 am
Well, as tea baggers go, he’s a rocket scientist.
tiredoftea July 4th, 2014 at 12:37 pm
I have to agree with the esteemed KY. Sen. Smith! But, he neglected to point out the most important fact about Mars, there’s been no life detected there, which is the same finding in his brain.
the victim July 4th, 2014 at 2:07 pm
His moonshine must have some lead in it.
labman57 July 12th, 2014 at 12:55 pm
If the temperature ranges, atmospheric composition, etc. on Mars are so different than that found on Earth, then please explain how Bugs Bunny was able to defeat his Martian combatant so easily while on the red planet?