A Kentucky legislator, who just so happens to own a coal mine, said that it was nonsense to argue that coal-based energy sources were leading to global warming and in support of his case produced what he must have thought was a clever argument.
“I won’t get into the debate about climate change,” said Sen. Brandon Smith, a Hazard Republican. “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.”
No, in academia, we don’t all agree on that. In fact, no one agrees with it because the average temperature on Mars is -80oF, and Smith must have not realized that signs matter when it comes to numbers.
Incidentally, Smith’s verbal preamble of “I wont’ get into the debate about climate change” is now the official line of climate-change deniers in the Republican party, that enables them to deny it but then refuse to be drawn into a defense of their position by claiming that they are not scientists and thus not qualified to talk about it.