How old is the Earth? 4.54 billion years old. See, that was easy, straightforward, and scientifically accurate. But when Florida Senator Marco Rubio was asked this question, he declared the answer a mystery.
"Whether the Earth was created in 7 days, or 7 actual eras, I'm not sure we'll ever be able to answer that. It's one of the great mysteries," said Rubio in an interview with GQ magazine.
A politician sitting on the Senate science committee should be expected to know what most of us learned in elementary school: that the Earth's age was already calculated by scientists.
Instead, Rubio's response was, "I'm not a scientist, man."
Rubio argued the Earth's age has nothing to do with topics like the U.S. economy. But the economy and the technology that drives it were founded on fundamental scientific facts like the Earth's age. To claim otherwise is sheer irresponsibility.
Get Senator Marco Rubio off the Commerce, Transportation, and Science Committee!
Dear Chairman Jay Rockefeller,
Get Senator Marco Rubio off of the Commerce, Transportation, and Science Committee after his recent declaration that we don't know the Earth's age. He has a right to believe what he chooses regarding the planet, religion, and science--but that does not mean he can sit on a science committee while claiming he is not really about, well, science.
Rubio's opening line when asked about the age of the Earth was, "I'm not a scientist, man." If he's not going to support key scientific facts, then, please, keep him away from the science committee! He argues that a fact like the Earth's age has nothing to do with issues such as the economy. Modern science has everything to do with the economy, technology, education, mechanics, engineering, and--the senatorial science committee.
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