There’s Stupid, Then There’s Sen. Ray Scott (R)

As the Colorado Independent’s Alex Burness reports, while everyone with a college education in Grand Junction (and plenty of students too) hangs their heads in shame:

Climate change has led to “massive improvements” and “the planet is a thing that heals itself,” state Sen. Ray Scott argued Thursday morning.

Scott, a Republican from Grand Junction, was speaking against Senate Bill 96, which would require the state to collect greenhouse gas emissions data from oil and gas wells, coal mines and other sources of planet-warming gases. Reports on emissions would be released annually, which supporters hope would help guide climate change policy.

“I will argue that climate change is occurring, but in the reverse order,” Scott told his colleagues on the Senate floor. “Anybody in this room and I can have a discussion about what was our climate like 100 years ago or 80 years ago or 50 years ago or 20 years ago. We have made massive improvements in our climate. Massive improvements.”

The clip above summarizes Sen. Scott’s singularly idiotic floor speech against Senate Bill 19-096 this morning, which can be most charitably described as a low-information conflation of particulate and other visible forms of air pollution with greenhouse gas emissions responsible for human-caused climate change. Legislation like the Clean Air Act, which Republicans of course vociferously oppose, has indeed led to a reduction in many dangerous forms of air pollution including a lot of the stuff one can see.

But of course we’re talking about the climate, not the “brown cloud”–and unless you’re stoked about the desertification of the Front Range and millions of climate refugees fleeing to high ground like Colorado from flooded coastal cities across the globe, it’s really, really hard to argue that we’re looking at anything you’d call a “massive improvement.”

Don’t spend too much time trying to figure his meaning out. All that matters is Sen. Scott doesn’t have a clue.


19 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. gertie97 says:

    Ray Scott is one of the leading idiots in Mesa County, rising above stiff competition. This is not a news flash.

  2. RepealAndReplace says:

    I still think he resembles the Missing Link.

  3. bullshit! says:

    You have to pass a test to do manicures, but a lawmaker is allowed to be this dumb.

    Our country is so fucked.

  4. Diogenesdemar says:

    Maybe Ray thinks he’s a fucking lizard? . . .

    . . . come to think of it, maybe Ray is a fucking lizard, a fucking talking lizard???

    In any case, it’s clear this isn’t something off the cuff, that just popped into Ray’s head. No, no — I see it’s obvious that Ray has been deeply pondering, considering, and studying this for a long, long, long time . . .

  5. doremi says:

    Regarding the Missing Link: yes

  6. davebarnes says:

    A GOPer supports the ?

    What is next – cleansing crystals?

  7. Peromyscus says:

    But he's right.  We've cut down a lot of trees in the last hundred years, and tree cause pollution.  Right, Mommy?

  8. notaskinnycook says:

    If one looks at geological timelines, about every 26 million years, there is a total die-off on this planet. If one goes with the Gaia Hypothesis, it's as if Mother Earth says, "I'm tired. I need a nap and y'all gonna have to get out of my bedroom. Good night!"

  9. Arvadonian1 says:

    When you are dead, you don't know that you are dead.  It is difficult only for the others.

    It is the same when you are stupid…..

  10. Ckonola says:

    Sorry, Colorado! I ran against him and debated him 7 times. At the time we all knew that he couldn't pour piss out of a boot if the instructions were written on the bottom. But that didn't stop the "R" lovers of Mesa County from voting for a potted plant. 

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