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BILL KURTIS: Even in times of change, it's important to celebrate things that stay the same, like dumb politicians

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Roxanne, Congressman Mo Brooks of Alabama is a proud member of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee. This week, he argued that instead of global warming, sea levels might be rising because of what?

ROXANNE ROBERTS: Oh, all those icebergs falling into the water, making it rise.

SAGAL: You're actually close - not icebergs.

ROBERTS: Rocks.

SAGAL: Just rocks.

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SAGAL: Rocks falling into the ocean.

ROBERTS: What?

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ROBERTS: He's on - wait. He's on the Committee for Science?

SAGAL: He's on the Committee for Science.

ROBERTS: OK. All right.

SAGAL: The Republican congressman pointed out, when you put stuff in containers of water, the water level goes up. If it's true in his bathtub, why wouldn't it be true in the ocean? Tell me that, Mr. Smart Guy.

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TOM BODETT: Well, technically, he's right.

SAGAL: Yeah. But the - it makes sense, like how the volcanic eruptions in Hawaii right now could have been caused because the Earth ate some bad chili, you know?

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SAGAL: The climate scientist who was testifying at that moment was not persuaded by the congressman's argument, saying, quote, "I'm pretty sure that on human timescales, those are minuscule effects" while thinking, quote, "what a moron."

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