Have you ever heard someone say something so off-the-wall, brain-crushingly stupid that you had to listen to it over and over, unconvinced that no one could possibly reach that level of dumbf*ckery?
Well, if you haven’t, this may be your big chance, thanks to Republican Kentucky State Senator Brandon Smith, who literally went to Mars with his comments about climate change last week.
Smith is a member of the (gulp) Kentucky Interim Joint Committee on Natural Resources and Environment, which met last week to discuss new regulations handed down from the Environmental Protection Agency which would limit carbon dioxide emissions from coal plants. So naturally, the discussion quickly devolved into the members taking turns offering their harebrained theories about why this climate change stuff is all a big hoax.
First up was Rep. Stan Lee, a Republican from Fayette County.
“All this stems, this carbon capture, all this other stuff, it stems back to a scare, generated years ago about global warming,” he said. “Finally it turned out there hasn’t been global warming in 15 or 20 years, then they changed the name to climate change.”
Next up was Democratic Rep. Kevin Sinnette, who proves the theory that being surrounded by so many ignorant Republicans in the South rubs off even on some Democrats. Sinnette whined that the discussion always ends up being about “save the bees, save the trees and save the whales.”
And then this was his entry into the “Who Is The Most Clueless Politician In The Room” contest, as he tried to make the point that climate has always been changing and the world adapts just fine.
“The dinosaurs died,” he said. “The world adjusted.”
Uh, right Kevin. Got it.
And finally, we saved the best for last… the clear winner in the battle for the Galactically Stupid Politician award.
Senator Smith opened his mouth and out came this:
“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.”
Which academia is he talking about? Does noted dumbass and scientifically illiterate Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert run an Academy of Science charter school somewhere?
Someone also might want to pass this along to Smith: The average temperature on Mars is around -80 degrees Fahrenheit. Here on planet Earth, it’s around 60 degrees.
So Smith is only off by 140 degrees, but hey, that’s close enough. Send him to Mars. Tell him to pack his swimsuit and loafers, and don’t forget the beach towel!
It’s also comforting to know that there are no coal mines or factories on Mars. Whew! Next thing you know, Smith might have informed us about a species living on Mars capable of building those things.
Listen to Smith’s idiocy below.