There’s a story here, of course.
When Pennsylvania state senator Scott Wagner met last week with advocates of natural gas drilling – fracking, that is – it seemed only natural that he at least mention the issue of global warming (or climate change, if you insist; The Curmudgeon doesn’t).
What was not so natural, though, is what Wagner chose to blame for global warming.
Body heat and the Earth moving closer to the sun.
Seriously: he said that.
In front of actual people.
Speaking of his sun migration theory, he told his audience that
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. We’re moving closer to the sun.
Make that “Hasn’t been in a science class in a looooooooonnnnnng time.”
And what he said is just not true. In fact, according to an analysis performed in 2004, the Earth is actually moving farther from the sun at a most unalarming rate of 5.75 inches a year.
But let’s give him the benefit of the doubt and say he just got his facts wrong.
Okay, seriously wrong.
Wagner also told his audience that
We have more people – you know, humans have warm bodies. So is heat coming off?
So Wagner thinks body heat is causing global warming.
The guy’s a loon.
But here’s the thing: Pennsylvania will hold a gubernatorial election in 2018 and the incumbent Democrat is underwhelming and vulnerable. And if the election were held today, he’d probably lose to the most likely Republican candidate.
You guessed it: state senator Scott Wagner.
Good luck with that, Pennsylvania.