March 30, 2017

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ICYMI – PA Gov Candidate Says ‘Warm Bodies’ Causing Climate Change

In a recent speech, Pennsylvania state Senator and Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner offered his strange theory on the cause of 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. We’re moving closer to the sun. […] 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.” 

The reaction to his outlandish claims has been swift, prompting national ridicule and a harsh editorial in his hometown newspaper:

“The lawmaker is indeed a bit rusty on the basics of astronomy. Contrary to what Wagner said, the earth rotates on its axis every 24 hours, not every year. And it may come as a surprise to him that the United States and the rest of the Northern Hemisphere experience winter when the earth’s yearly orbit brings it closest to the sun.” ­Huffington Post 

“And state Sen. Scott Wagner’s science faux pas this week makes it 3-0 in favor of made-up nonsense pushed by a politician to support a political agenda. […] Also, that question about human body heat as a climate-change driver? No. Just … no.”York Daily Record Editorial Board

“Wagner’s assertion, so it seems, has no basis in fact, or science, or reality, for that matter.” Mike Argento, York Daily Record

See the full roundup below:

Huffington Post: Badly Misinformed Lawmaker Thinks Our ‘Warm Bodies’ May Be Causing Climate Change

York Daily Record: Editorial: Scott Wagner’s wacky world of science

York Daily Record: Wagner enters Twilight Zone on climate change

PennLive: Scott Wagner explains climate change: ‘We’re moving closer to the sun’

York Daily Record: Pa. senator blames body heat for global warming

The Week: Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate claims global warming is happening because ‘the Earth moves closer to the sun every year’

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