At a town hall meeting near Philadelphia, 18-year-old Rose Strauss had a question for Scott Wagner, the Republican candidate for governor of Pennsylvania:
You’ve said that climate change is a result of people’s body heat, and are refusing to take action on the issue. Does this have anything to do with the $200,000 that you have taken from the fossil fuel industry?
Wagner responded by calling her “young and naive” in a way that seems to me to be shamefully condescending; judge for yourself:
As for her question, USA Today reports
He did not answer her question and ultimately shifted the conversation to concern about sewage spilling into the Susquehanna River in Harrisburg.
It turns out Scott Wagner really did say that body heat is part of the reason for global warming, and added the Earth moving closer to the sun as well:
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?
Actually, at present the Earth is moving very slightly further away from the sun each year. I also doubt that he quite understands the difference between Earth’s rotation and its revolution around the sun.
It seems that Scott Wagner’s callous insult to the young woman is costing him votes. Do you think maybe he’s “naive”?
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