Kentucky state Senator Brandon Smith (R), owner of a mining company, condemned the Obama administration last week during a meeting of the Natural Resources and Environment Committee, making a claim about the atmospheric temperatures on Earth and Mars that must be read to be believed.
"I won't get into the debate about climate change 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," said Smith, who serves as the Senate majority whip. "Nobody will dispute that. Yet there are no coal mines on Mars. There's no factories on Mars that I'm aware of."
Officials at NASA do in fact indirectly dispute such a claim on their website, where they cite the Earth's average temperature as being 57 degrees Fahrenheit, and the average temperature on Mars to be -81 degrees Fahrenheit—a difference of 138 degrees.
Brandon Smith was not alone in his denial of climate change at that particular cabinet meeting, and in fact among Kentucky state legislators, denying climate change appears to enjoy bipartisan support, with lawmakers from both parties attempting to debunk a theory that is supported by the overwhelming majority of climate scientists worldwide.
The denial is likely the result of protecting business interests, as Kentucky is a major producer of coal in the United States and the state usually resists attempts at EPA crackdowns on mining pollution.
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According to NASA there is actually a 138 degree difference between Earth and Mars temperatures.