Republicans Explain Climate Change and Sea Level Rise; No, You Can't Make This Stuff Up
Pennsylvania's new Republican nominee for Governor, Scott Wagner, [from my hometown of York I am sad to say] has some interesting theories about the causes of climate change; body heat and the earth spiraling into the sun.
From Politifact: "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," Wagner said, according to State Impact, an NPR affiliate. "We’re moving closer to the sun."
"He added, "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."
Both theories were debunked quickly here.
As for sea level rise, Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) who is on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee offered a novel explanation; rocks and dirt falling into the water.
From Sciencemag.org: Said Brooks, "Every time you have that soil or rock or whatever it is that is deposited into the seas, that forces the sea levels to rise, because now you have less space in those oceans, because the bottom is moving up."
So, there you go. I guess we can now all stop worrying about greenhouse gases and focus on rocks and body heat. My god, you just want to cry!