Sen. Michael Jungbauer denies climate science, and faking his resume

Sen. Mike Jungbauer, climate expert.
Sen. Mike Jungbauer, climate expert.

State Sen. Michael Jungbauer says he's smarter than 98 percent of the men and women who have dedicated their lives to studying climatology, and dismisses their work on climate change and global warming as alarmist nonsense.

What gives the Republican from East Bethel such authority? A college degree and a master's program that don't exist, and the blessings of a front group for the oil and gas industries.

Don Shelby used his perch at MinnPost to eviscerate Jungbauer's junk science:

The senator says he holds a degree from Moody Bible Institute, but he doesn't -- it's a two-year certificate from a school that trains ministers. He says he's getting a master's degree in environmental policy at Metropolitan State University, but no such program exists. And he brags about his climate expertise gleaned from a "tropospherical chemistry class" that he never took.

Scientific data in the IPCC's "hockey stick chart" shows the Earth's warming.
Scientific data in the IPCC's "hockey stick chart" shows the Earth's warming.

All of which has fully prepared Jungbauer to have studied "all 13 disciplines" of science used by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change -- something no real scientist on the panel would ever claim to have done. And he presents himself as an expert public speaker on climate science for the Heartland Group, without mentioning that Heartland is funded by Exxon-Mobil, the Koch Brothers and the Scaife Foundation.

What isn't fiction in his biography?

The truth is that Jungbauer was ordained by Christian Motor Sports International out of Gilbert, Ariz. His Senate biography says the organization provides "chapel services, pastoral care, outreach and Christian fellowship at car races, car shows, cruise-ins and tractor pulls.

Now that's a guy whose climate science expertise we can all get behind.

Or maybe not.

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