A republican senator from Hazard, Kentucky couldn’t possibly believe the climate change argument he uttered at Kentucky’s Interim Joint Committee on Natural Resources and Environment last week. Senator Brandon Smith was discussing a proposed rule to cut carbon pollution. The rule, proposed by the EPA, would curb the pollution seen in 2005 by 30 percent by 2030. Kentucky is a major producer of coal, and the EPA’s proposed rule would put a damper on the state’s revenue.
While there were many arguments the republican senator could have chosen to present his case, the statement he chose couldn’t possibly reflect his real beliefs. It’s clear that Senator Brandon Smith opposes more stringent regulations on greenhouse gases escaping from power plants, but his choice of words has the internet talking.
Here is what the republican senator said about climate change:
“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.”
Brandon Smith also happens to have a financial interest in coal mining. According to WKMS, Smith owns a coal mine here on earth. There are no coal mines on Mars… that we know of.
Could he really believe his assertion? Could he have meant something other than what he said?
The average temperature on Mars is about negative 80 degrees Fahrenheit, so his actual statement was completely inaccurate, with the exception of the lack of factories on Mars. Even when factoring in this year’s polar vortex which is said by some to be a result of climate change, the Earth isn’t anywhere near as chilly as Mars.