Jonathan Meador, "Kentucky Lawmakers Attack Climate Change Science In Discussion on Carbon Regulations", WFPL 89.3 FM:
State lawmakers' discussion Thursday of the effect of new EPA carbon emission regulations on Kentucky focused more on political attacks than hard science. [...]
“I won’t get into the debate about climate change," said Sen. Brandon Smith, a Hazard Republican. “But I’ll simply point out that I think in academia we all agree that the temperature on Mars is exactly as it is here. Nobody will dispute that. Yet there are no coal mines on Mars. There’s no factories on Mars that I’m aware of.”
Smith owns a coal company on Earth.
Here's the quote, with a bit more context:
I don't see you as being one of the enemies, I know you've got a-
a very tough job to do,
but as you sit there in your chair with your data, we sit up here
in ours with our data and the constituents and stuff behind us.
I- I don't want to get into ((the)) debate about
the climate change, but I will just simply point out
that I think that in academia we all agree that the-
the- the temperature on Mars is exactly as it is here.
Uh nobody will dispute that, yet there are no coal mines on Mars, there's no
factories on Mars that- that I'm aware of.
Uh so I think what we're looking at is something much greater
uh than what we're going to do.
But it makes more sense to interpret him as referencing an old claim that climate on Mars is also warming. What he meant to say, presumably, was something like "temperature trends on Mars are exactly as they are here". That idea seems to have been thoroughly discredited several years ago, but it's not absurd on its face.
Unfortunately for Mr. Smith, what actually came out of his mouth is an even better fit for the "climate change deniers are ignorant" meme.