Steven Milloy, a lawyer and lobbyist who has served on President Donald Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) transition team, has a Twitter account under the handle @JunkScience. If that doesn’t tell you something, just know that he has:
- consistently disputed the consensus of the scientific community on climate change;
- has questioned the health risks of second-hand smoke;
- has campaigned against the 1972 ban on non-public-health uses of DDT in the United States;
- has claimed that the World Trade Center would not have fallen during the attacks on September 11, 2001, had engineers not discontinued the use of asbestos fire-resistant lagging.
In fact, he’s popularized the term “junk science,” which he defines as “faulty scientific data and analysis used to advance special and, often, hidden agendas.”
But let’s get back to his ideas on climate change. Milloy believes that climate change can’t be a threat because Venus — you know, that other planet in the solar system? — is still hanging out, right where it’s always been.
DeFazio on climate: "This is the existential threat to the future of the planet."
For comparison, the atmosphere Venus is 96.5% CO2 — and the planet is still there.
— Steve Milloy (@JunkScience) December 15, 2018
There it is, right before your eyes, ladies and gentlemen. Earth will be fine, just fine, because Venus has 96.5% CO2 in its atmosphere. Did we mention that Venus is completely inhospitable? (Yeah, about that…)
Milloy’s comment didn’t go over well, naturally.
Go to Venus and take your helmet off, please.
— Alexander Chee (@alexanderchee) December 16, 2018
Be honest: did you tweet this from Venus
— Cole Epley (@colepley) December 16, 2018
and thanks to Venus's runaway greenhouse effect, we don't even send space probes there because they fucking melt after 5 minutes
— Dr Sarah Taber (@SarahTaber_bww) December 16, 2018
My cat got hit by a car last night, but his body is still there, so I guess it’s all good
— Jesus F'n Christ (@Jesusfnchristo) December 16, 2018
like what's actually wrong with you though
is it just money cause money isn't a great excuse to be like this
— Where Does Owels (@wheredoesowels) December 16, 2018
Yes…and a recent interview with residents of Venus assuaged the concerns of earthlings. "Don't believe the hype," said the Venusians. Take it from us, things will be just fine."
In other news: The average intelligence of humans has been GROSSLY overestimated."
— piece de resistance (@nature_art_ed) December 16, 2018
One commenter quoted an article from a reputable source (i.e., not Steven Milloy) describing Venus as “the solar system’s analog into hell.”
"Between its desiccated, red-orange landscape and surface temperatures hot enough to melt lead, Venus is our solar system's analog to hell"
– https://t.co/g0PeuIsDic, the first sentence of an article for teenagers titled "What Would It Be Like to Live on Venus?"
— Red Durkin (@RedIsDead) December 16, 2018
This should explain it all but, just in case you still don’t get it, just know that:
- Venus has a dry, desert-like landscape dotted with tons of active volcanoes;
- Venus is covered in reflective clouds of highly sulfuric acid;
- Venus possibly once had oceans, but they were vaporized due to the planet’s runaway greenhouse effect;
- Venus lacks a planetary magnetic field.
If that sounds like a great place to send someone on a vacation, make sure Mr. Milloy is first in line.