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GOP Sen. Roasted For Confidently Spouting False Explanation For How Greenland Got Its Name

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Republican Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin once again garnered disparaging attention after a New York Times article put a spot light on a past campaign interview he gave.

In an attempt to prove climate change science is false, the Wisconsin Senator explained with confidence how Greenland got its name.

Johnson said:

"You know, there's a reason Greenland was called Greenland. It was actually green at one point in time."
"And it's been, you know, since, it's a whole lot whiter now so we've experienced climate change throughout geologic time."

The Times corrected Johnson on his misstep by explaining Greenland actually got its name from the explorer Erik the Red who hoped the name would attract new settlers.

Greenland has actually been covered in ice for the past 2.5 million years.

But Johnson continued:

"I could be wrong there, but that's always been my assumption that, at some point in time, those early explorers saw green."
"I have no idea."

This was not the first time he made extraordinary claims about science or his disbelief of climate change.

In his original interview, he also claimed sunspots were a major reason for global warming.

"It's far more likely that it's just sunspot activity or just something in the geologic eons of time."
"Excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere gets sucked down by trees and helps the trees grow."

Given his track record of climate change denial, twitter had no problem roasting him for spreading this glaringly obvious misinformation.











At least someone was gracious enough to invite Johnson in on a history lesson.