Kurt Bills, public school teacher, says: "I do not believe there is such a thing as climate change" [VIDEO]
Kurt Bills' no-good-very-bad U.S. Senate campaign will limp across the finish line today, but he couldn't help himself from offering up one last head-scratcher before fading out of our lives.
During his final debate against Senator Amy Klobuchar on Sunday night, Bills beat around the bush when first discussing climate change, prompting moderator Cathy Wurzer to ask him directly: 'Do you believe in climate change?' Here's how Bills, a high school economics teacher who kept his job during his ill-fated campaign and will continue to teach Minnesota's youth after the election, responded: "I do not believe there is such a thing as climate change, no."
Here's a transcript of the exchange, followed by the video (fast-forward to just after 50:00 for Bills' climate change remarks):
BILLS: I do not believe there is such a thing as climate change, no. [Laugher from crowd, guffawing]
BILLS: Let's put it this way -- if this piece of paper is the entire history of the world, what do we know? We know one fraction of it. I remember the science magazines from the 70s saying the Ice Age is coming back. I think we should be focused on the things that we can change...
WURZER: I'm a little confused. The view that the world's climate is being warmed by human behavior is accepted by every major scientific organization, but you're not buying it?
BILLS: I don't believe it's accepted by every-- I believe there are scientists out there who don't believe we are driving massive changes in our climate.
KLOBUCHAR: I believe in the science of climate change. Minnesota is a state that believes in science. So once you're there, what's your next step? I believe we have to do something about reducing greenhouse gases.
Now that his campaign is over and he has a lot more time on his hands to focus on teaching, Bills should really try to make some friends in the science department -- assuming his climate change denial wasn't just a cynical ploy for the votes of science skeptics.
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