Sen. Brandon Smith has important things to say about climate change, Mars

Kentucky’s Interim Joint Committee on Natural Resources and Environment met today to discuss the new EPA rules to fight climate change by limiting greenhouse gases from power plants. The committee is chaired by Rep. Jim Gooch, D-Providence, a proud climate change denier who has suggested in the past that Kentucky secede from the union in order to avoid federal environmental regulations. Yes, he chairs the committee, because Kentucky.

I don’t even know where to start on sharing some of the wisdom that was expressed by our state legislators during this hearing. No, actually I do. I give you the honorable Sen. Brandon Smith, R-Hazard:

“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.”

First of all, I did not make up that quote, it’s quite real.

Secondly, while the average temperature on Earth is roughly 58 degrees Fahrenheit, the average temperature on Mars is approximately -80 degrees Fahrenheit. In Sen. Smith’s defense, he’s only off by about 138 degrees or so, which happens sometimes. Let’s go ahead and round up (up up up up up up up, etc…).

Thirdly, note that when Smith refers to those in academia, he uses the word “we.” Because he’s obviously one of those academic types. He has “his” data, and the 98 percent of climate scientists who believe in climate change have “theirs.” Nobody will dispute that.

Fourthly, while Mars doesn’t burn any coal — smashing claims that climate change on Earth is due to this, since we have the same temperature* — Smith can’t be sure that they don’t have any factories giving off greenhouse gases. We’ll have to check with the data of the Martian scientists before we can confirm this claim.

Lastly, Smith is an actual elected official in Kentucky’s state Senate, who has been elected to this position twice by real Kentucky voters, and served four terms in the House before that.

There were plenty of other amazing and “insightful” quotes in this hearing from members of both parties that I’ll share later — where the people who say Mars is the same temperature as Earth allege that climate scientists don’t know what they’re talking about — but right now I think I need to lay in the fetal position for a couple of hours.

* Actually, this temperature claim is false and mind-numbingly idiotic, so nevermind.

***** UPDATE *****

And here’s the video proof!

18 Comments

  1. Larry J. Jones
    Posted July 3, 2014 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

    Since Martian temperatures are the same as ours, and co2 is harmless I suggest he and his fellow climate change deniers go there and claim it for ‘merica!

  2. Puhn Tang
    Posted July 3, 2014 at 6:51 pm | Permalink

    This guy needs to go on the road with Al Gore who said that the Earth’s core is extremely hot ..several million degrees. Al, of course, received a Nobel Prize.

  3. Kathy little
    Posted July 3, 2014 at 7:10 pm | Permalink

    Is Brandon still employed by Whayne Supply so that he can do their bidding?

  4. Gerald Gaiser
    Posted July 3, 2014 at 10:14 pm | Permalink

    Are you guys *really* this dumb? American Sience education has really gone downhill in the last 30 years.

  5. Marcus Woodward
    Posted July 4, 2014 at 9:11 am | Permalink

    How convenient to be both an “academic” AND Republican Majority Whip in the Kentucky Senate !! It must be hard holding all that knowledge and wisdom within oneself. Such prescient pronouncements such as the Martian environmental comparisons with earth are to be expected from one so full of it.

  6. Steve Magruder
    Posted July 4, 2014 at 10:13 am | Permalink

    Re: “American Sience [sic] education has really gone downhill in the last 30 years.”

    Not really. There have always been people who either didn’t pay attention in science class, or have been raised to be anti-science. What’s really happened in the last 30 years is more and more of these unscientific folks being elected to office, to the point where they think that, because a lot of other ignorant folks agree with their ignorance, they are free in a political sense to spew it.

  7. Greg Leichty
    Posted July 4, 2014 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

    Senator Smith, as an academician, you have just defamed me and every other Kentucky educator by associating yourself with us. You will be hearing from our lawyers after the July 4th weekend.

  8. John Kennard
    Posted July 5, 2014 at 4:12 pm | Permalink

    Now we know why the Frankfort Mob is so determined there be no news-coverage there.

  9. Doug Davis
    Posted July 7, 2014 at 2:59 pm | Permalink

    I got an email from the Senator today claiming the quote was bogus. I guess he’s never heard of Youtube or video cameras either.
    They must be a special kind of stupid where he’s from.

  10. Merlin1963
    Posted July 7, 2014 at 6:11 pm | Permalink

    Obviously, Smith didn’t pay any attention in his science classes. Furthermore, his teachers probably did not want to hold him back, so they let him graduate from high school as a scientific illiterate. I assume that he was always a lying sack of shit because he went into politics and is trying to pull the old, “I never said that even though it is on video” routine.

    While I don’t think that Senator Smith can ever catch up on his science, I recommend that he at least listen to an old rock and roll classic to find out about Mars – Elton John’s “Rocket Man.” Even back in 1972, most young people knew that Mars was “cold as hell.”

  11. Mark G. Reis
    Posted July 8, 2014 at 8:44 am | Permalink

    I think Kentucky has a new state motto: Kentucky – a special kind of stupid.

  12. daniel
    Posted July 9, 2014 at 8:34 am | Permalink

    Does laughing at you help? I hope so.

    AH,,,,hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

  13. RIRedinPA
    Posted July 9, 2014 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

    And here I thought it was a 3 way battle between Texas, Mississippi and Florida for the bottom feeder title, but here comes Kentucky…

  14. John Kennard
    Posted July 9, 2014 at 6:56 pm | Permalink

    MARS NEEDS COAL-MINES

  15. ROBERT DELROSSO
    Posted July 16, 2014 at 2:39 am | Permalink

    The embarrassing thing is that, in the Internet Age, other countries can see and hear Senator Brandon Smith and others on the Web and wonder how we ever became a Superpower. It is questionable how we can remain a Superpower, when large parts of this nation are so ignorant when it comes to science.

    Senator Smith represents Kentucky Senate District 30: Address: Kentucky State Senate, 700 Capitol Ave, Capitol Room 319, Frankfort, KY 40601. telephones: Annex: (502) 564-2450 Capitol: (502) 564-2450 (You may also send a message to Senator Smith at this web address: http://www.lrc.ky.gov/Messages/S030.aspx )

    Senator Smith’s above website has an Anti-Spam Question: “Is ice hot or cold?” (I like that question better than those crazy “CAPTCHA’S”!) But the question does not specify on which planet (Earth or Mars?) the ice is on. However, for Senator Brandon Smith, the 2 Planets have the same temperature anyway.

    According to MSNBC, “When [Senator] Smith voiced this theory, he and others on the environmental committee were railing against the Environmental Protection Agency’s new carbon emissions ruling, which calls for power plants to cut their carbon emissions by 30% over the next sixteen years.”

    Wow! A WHOPPING THIRTY percent over 16 years! If my cell phone’s calculator is correct, that works out to 1.875% per year! That’s almost 2 percent a year! That sounds like one more step on the Road to Socialism! That’s one more bit of evidence to show that Obama is a Socialist!

    I am sure that the Honorable Kentucky State Senator Brandon Smith will volunteer to be the first person to walk on Mars. He should be willing to exit the spacecraft wearing no helmet, since, as Senator Smith said, “the temperature on Mars is exactly as it is here [on Earth]”.

    Upton Sinclair said: “It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.” It is difficult, if not impossible, for Senator Brandon Smith to understand that CO2 emissions from burning stuff like coal cause Climate Change, when his ownership of a Coal Company depends on his NOT understanding it.

  16. jeff
    Posted July 21, 2014 at 1:45 am | Permalink

    you have all been had.

    carbon dioxide is plant food.
    water vapor is the most powerful major constituent of atmosphere, by far – anyone who ever studied chemistry should understand this basic science.

    plutonium is the real trouble.
    coals mines and of course asphalt don’t help,
    but Fukushima, this is killing everything.
    Australia just canceled their carbon tax…
    because Al Gore has misled you all.

    98% of climate scientists?
    no… not quite.
    this was a rigged poll – in fact, have you ever looked at the raw data from that poll, the selected few who were even asked to participate in it, the fact that funding for research is politicized around it?

    you have all been had.

    i understand that you mean well – everyone of conscience wants to save Mother Nature from pesticides and factory farming and pollution generally,
    but of all of the things to latch onto, this is the least of our troubles.

    please, before you hang others out to dry, for voicing an unpopular opinion (Socrates, Christ, MLK, JFK – not the most popular voices on the issues that saw their executions, don’t forget!) at least research the issues of your own resources, and charitably.

    goodwill is our most valuable asset – don’t squander yours following Al Gore…

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