Fred Thompson on Climate Change

As the political junkies among you know, former Senator Fred Thompson has entered the race for President. For a candidate who just entered the race, he is doing quite well in the crowded Republican field.

I suspect that Thompson's appeal has more to do with his appearances on Law and Order that his acumen on the issues of the day. Here is what he said on climate change just a few months ago:

Some people think that our planet is suffering from a fever. Now scientists are telling us that Mars is experiencing its own planetary warming: Martian warming. It seems scientists have noticed recently that quite a few planets in our solar system seem to be heating up a bit, including Pluto.

NASA says the Martian South Pole’s “ice cap” has been shrinking for three summers in a row. Maybe Mars got its fever from earth. If so, I guess Jupiter’s caught the same cold, because it’s warming up too, like Pluto.

This has led some people, not necessarily scientists, to wonder if Mars and Jupiter, non signatories to the Kyoto Treaty, are actually inhabited by alien SUV-driving industrialists who run their air-conditioning at 60 degrees and refuse to recycle.

Silly, I know, but I wonder what all those planets, dwarf planets and moons in our SOLAR system have in common. Hmmmm. SOLAR system. Hmmmm. Solar? I wonder. Nah, I guess we shouldn’t even be talking about this. The science is absolutely decided. There’s a consensus.

Ask Galileo.

Ouch. That is even more ill-informed and silly than the Bush Administration--who at least now recognize the science (but don't want to do anything about it.)

Click here to listen to the original radio commentary this transcript is based on.


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