Lawmaker shows how to humiliate oneself while trying to sound smart about climate change

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Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) is being mercilessly mocked on Twitter after he literally used the scientific process of photosynthesis to deny that climate change is being caused by overproduction of carbon dioxide by humans.

Seriously. Gosar made the remarks during a press conference in which he attacked the Green New Deal after a young person asked him what he is doing to address climate change.

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“Unfortunately you haven’t been taught about photosynthesis,” Gosar lectured. “Photosynthesis is where plants take carbon dioxide to produce oxygen. That’s a problem in today’s world. We haven’t taught kids exactly what’s going on in America and in science.”

The problem is that there’s so much carbon dioxide in the atmosphere because of human activity that all the plants and trees on Earth cannot clear it out, creating an imbalance that is harming the planet.

According to Axios science editor Andrew Freedman:

The issue isn’t photosynthesis. We’re putting more carbon dioxide into the air each year than plants, trees and oceans can suck out. That is what’s causing rising global temperatures. CO2 levels are the highest they’ve been in at least 800,000 years, and the driving reason is human activity.

So, photosynthesis is not a valid argument in this case, which is why climate activist Brad Johnson mocked Gosar, a trained dentist, on Twitter.

You can read more about the Krebs cycle here.

Of course, Gosar saw Johnson’s tweet and attacked him.

But that’s not what Johnson said at all, nor did he accuse Gosar of claiming climate change isn’t real. Clearly, the Republican congressman needs to sharpen his reading comprehension skills.

Anyway, Gosar continued ranting about “climate hoax believers” and accused them of “belittling” photosynthesis.

Gosar’s lack of scientific understanding drew further mockery on Twitter, including from Johnson, who returned fire by challenging the Arizona Republican to explain how refined sugar causes cavities.

This country really needs more scientists in Congress.

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