July 9, 2014

Conservatives all over this country are down-right nuts when it comes to science. What is their problem with scientific facts? This story isn't even about a religious myth so what's the hubbub, bub?

State lawmakers' discussion Thursday of the effect of new EPA carbon emission regulations on Kentucky focused more on political attacks than hard science.

While committee members railed against the Obama Administration and the EPA regulations they admittedly don’t fully understand — the document is about 700 pages — many lawmakers saw fit to attack the science behind climate change.

“I won’t get into the debate about climate change," said Sen. Brandon Smith, a Hazard Republican. “But I’ll 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’s no factories on Mars that I’m aware of.”

Smith owns a coal company on Earth.

The average Martian temperature is -81 degree Fahrenheit, but the committee was just getting warmed up.

State Rep. Kevin Sinnette, a Democrat from Ashland, said climate change didn’t kill the dinosaurs, so human beings should be just fine.

“The dinosaurs died, and we don’t know why, but the world adjusted. And to say that this is what’s going to cause detriment to people, I just don’t think it’s out there," Sinnette said.

(correction: An earlier version of this story didn't include a hyperlink to the original source material)

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