Scott Wagner, a Republican (of course) state legislator from Pennsylvania who is also running for governor, is in serious need of some basic science classes. During a keynote address to a group of county officials, he had some spectacularly stupid things to say about global warming.
Organizers said Harrisburg often neglects the interests of its more far-flung counties. They described their keynote speaker as someone who’s gone against that trend– York County Republican senator and gubernatorial hopeful, Scott Wagner, has supported natural gas drilling since he was elected…
He also took the stance that climate change is probably happening, though–citing scientifically unsound evidence–he maintained that the US shouldn’t worry too much about emissions.“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.”
He added, “We have more people. 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.”
We’re moving…closer…to the sun. No, you drooling halfwit, we’re not. Our distance from the sun does change during the course of our orbit around it, but that orbit is quite stable and we aren’t getting any closer to it than we were before. Where did you learn science, at Billy Bob’s Science School and Bait Shop? In a rational world, saying something that stupid would end his political career forever. But he’s a Republican, so his poll numbers will probably go up instead.