Sen John Kennedy eviscerates 'expert cross country skier' over clueless climate change testimony

"I went to high school, but carbon dioxide is a gas." 

On Wednesday, a Democrat "expert witness" advocating for Congress to pass legislation to reduce carbon emissions was eviscerated by Senator John Kennedy (R-LA) during a Senate hearing on climate change.

American Cross-Country Skiing Olympian Gus Schumacher was asked by Democrats to come and testify to his experience with snow melting in a Senate hearing called, "Recreation at Risk: The Nature of Climate Costs."

In a post on X, Sen Kennedy outlined his perceived absurdity of the hearing.

"Democrats want to spend $50 TRILLION to become carbon neutral & held a hearing to tell us why," the post read. 

In a video posted by Sen Kennedy which shows the two's exchange, Schumacher was asked what carbon dioxide is, to which he responded, "I went to high school, but carbon dioxide is a gas."

"I'm not a professional to talk about carbon dioxide so much," he added.

When pressed by Kennedy to tell him more about what carbon dioxide is, Schumacher said, "Carbon dioxide is, what I see it as, you know, a gas that exists in our atmosphere."

"Is it a major part of our atmosphere," Kennedy interjected.

"It's a huge part of our atmosphere," the skier responded.

Kennedy then revealed, "It's a very small part of our atmosphere."

"Well, okay. But, yeah. I don't know. What are you asking specifically?" Schumacher asked.

"Well you said we need to reduce carbon emissions, I'd like to know first if you know what it is," Kennedy explained. The senator then shifted the conversation to fossil fuels and what the skier wanted to do about them.

Schumacher went on to state that he believes there is an opportunity to use more renewable sources. Still, he was unable to give any specifics on how much we should spend tax money and over what period he thinks it should take.

"I'm not an economist," Schumacher responded.

The skier suggested that he doesn't know if spending trillions of taxpayer dollars on renewable energy would fix the problem.

"I don't think anyone knows for sure," he claimed.
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