The Years of Living Stupidly

Number 10 in a series

Forgive me for plowing under last year’s crop, but this came to my attention only yesterday. Also forgive me for posting two of these on consecutive days—makes it appear I’m in a rut. The fact is, unfortunately, that the stupid is strong and is likely to remain so. To the story:

“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. “We’re moving closer to the sun.”

That was “gubernatorial hopeful, Scott Wagner” shilling for the natural gas industry last year. I assure you, readers, that Mr. Wagner’s being a Republican candidate has nothing to do with his support for fossil fuels and his opposition to the idea of AGW (anthropogenic global warming). Typical, maybe, consequential, well… Well you have me there. Placed against a wall and facing a firing squad I would be unable to name somebody professing to deny AGW who is not a Republican in this country. The stupidity I throw that in for free.

Some facts. AGW, a rise in global temperatures as a consequence of human activity, is well-documented, and is shown to not correlate well with solar activity. It’s not that solar activity would be unable to affect global temperatures, it is that the sun is relatively quiet compared to the activities of humans on the planet. And, yes, Earth does get closer to the sun, but then it gets farther away. That’s because Earth’s path around the sun is not a circle but is an ellipse. There is a closest point and there is a farthest point (perihelion and aphelion), and the closest point this year was January 2.

Mr. Wagner says it has been a long time since he was in a science class, and it appears it has been some time since he was in any language class related to English. Earth rotates (spins) about its axis, and it revolves about the sun.

And that is about all the stupid I can handle for now. More to come. Keep reading.

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