A Republican, Scott Wagner. Running for governor of Pennsylvania. Has some novel explanations for climate change.
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.
But…but…but the Earth is moving around the sun in an elliptical orbit — its distance from the sun varies over the course of a year (and seasons are a product not of that, but of the axial tilt). What does the rotation of the earth have to do with its orbit around the sun?
He hasn’t been in science class in a long time, and I suspect he didn’t understand it even when he was taking classes.
We have more people,he said.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.
Yes, heat is coming off, but it’s not enough to affect global temperature.
If he really believes that, is he one of those rare conservative Republicans who is going to endorse birth control and family planning to prevent climate change? That would be nice, but for some reason I’d rather this klutzamaboob did not get elected.