'Yet there are no coal mines on Mars. There are no factories on Mars that I'm aware of,' says Sen. Brandon Smith during hearing...
By Brad Friedman on 7/7/2014, 7:11pm PT  

Last week, the state of Kentucky's Interim Joint Committee on Natural Resources and Environment held a hearing to discuss the EPA's new, proposed "Clean Power Plan" rule [PDF] to reduce carbon emissions from existing power plants by 30% by 2030 from 2005 levels.

While the committee is chaired by Democratic state Rep. Jim Gooch, a "proud climate change denier" (it is the coal state of Kentucky after all), according to Joe Sonka at Louisville's Leo Weekly, it was Republican state Sen. Brandon Smith who stole the show with this amazing assertion...

From the video:

STATE SEN. BRANDON SMITH: As you [Energy & Environment Cabinet official] sit there in your chair with your data, we sit up here in ours with our data and our constituents and stuff behind us. I don’t want to get into the debate about climate change, but I will 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 are no factories on Mars that I'm aware of.

Little wonder Smith doesn't "want to get into the debate about climate change".

It's one thing for your average fossil fuel dupe on the Internets to offer such nonsense. We're quite used to that. It's another thing for an elected official to do so. But it's still another thing entirely for him to do so with his "Nobody will dispute that" condescending certainty, despite being entirely and completely wrong.

Yes, we "will dispute that". For a start, the average temperature on Earth is 57 degrees Fahrenheit, while on Mars the average is -81 Fahrenheit, according to those know-nothing, so-called "scientists" at NASA. But what what Smith seems to have been getting at there is the long-favored climate denier myth that the global temperatures on Mars are warming, despite the lack of humans there burning fossil fuels and dumping trillions of tons of climate-warming CO2 pollution into the atmosphere.

"How do you explain someone out of a hole that deep?," asks Peter Sinclair of ClimateCrocks.com about Smith's assertions, before posting one of his favorite Climate Denier Crocks of the Week videos which does exactly that...

For the record, that video was created and posted by Sinclair in 2009. Apparently, word --- and easily discovered facts --- have yet to reach the coal-loving, global warming deniers in the state of Kentucky in the intervening five years.

For more data and links to scientific studies in response to the well-worn and completely ridiculous "Mars is Warming Too!" global warming myth (just one of so many spread by fossil fuel-funded dupes, stooges, pawns, suckers and profiteers), see Skeptical Science's explainer on the myth of Mars' global warming, as well as their related helpful information on the myths that other planets in our solar system are warming as well.