David Carlson, one of the Republican candidates running for U.S. Senate in Minnesota uses the same argument that many climate change deniers use when dismissing global warming, such as pointing to local weather events as proof that climate change isn't real. Carlson then reveals he teaches science at a high school. Carlson's linked in page says he works at St. Paul Public Schools.
“I think I read an article yesterday, we’re in Minnesota about to have the fewest 90 degree days in history. If it’s… we say global warming. Well it’s too hot and all of sudden it gets cold, well that’s global warming too.”
“I taught science this summer, first time I ever taught science. I’m not a science teacher. And ah high school science we had this conversation quite a bit about global warming. There’s been, I think, about five ice ages we’ve had in world history. There were no people, there were no suburbans, there were no farms. We had five ice ages. That means it got really cold and really warm. And that’s happened repeatedly.
“So I think what you need to do here is be responsible and like Senator Franken was saying earlier, we do need to continue to evaluate and get new technology and push new energy sources but we also need to that our cars don’t run on wind, they don’t run on solar, they run on gasoline. So when we punish the American consumer it impacts the whole economy and our families.”
Carlson faces fellow Republicans Mike McFadden and Jim Abeler in an August 12 primary that McFadden is favored to win. Carlson makes the comments during a candidates forum at Farmfest on August 6, 2014