Roger Helmer hasn't always demonstrated an iron grip of scientific concepts. But he's got this one just about bang on.
The Ukip MEP was just as mesmerised by the gloomy wonder of the solar eclipse as the rest of the country.
And it was then that he had a moment of absolute and perfect clarity.
Temperates drop during a short solar eclipse. It's the Sun that drives the climate!— Roger Helmer (@RogerHelmerMEP) March 20, 2015
Helmer, a climate change sceptic who once described global warning as "grossly exaggerated", may be attempting to make a quip about cause of the planet's rising temperatures.
At least, that's what his followers think. Which led to reactions like this...
Save us from this moronic inferno RT “@RogerHelmerMEP: Temperates drop during a short solar eclipse. It's the Sun that drives the climate!”— Peter Webber (@PeterWebber) March 20, 2015
Science 101 with Roger Helmer *headpalms so hard I pull a muscle* pic.twitter.com/y22Il8GbdL— The Illuminaughty (@MatthewEyre) March 20, 2015ADVERTISEMENT
.@RogerHelmerMEP You don’t understand the difference between weather and climate, do you?— Dave Jones (@WelshGasDoc) March 20, 2015
.@RogerHelmerMEP Clever boy! Now tell me what happens when too many greenhouse gases build up, preventing infrared radiation from escaping?— Trumpton Labour (@TrumptonLabour) March 20, 2015
The Huffington Post UK has reached out to Helmer for further clarification on his tweet.
Ukip politicians have regularly graced the pages of this website for their unorthodox views on freak weather events.
Last year, Ukip councillor David Silvester, who resigned from the Conservative Party over David Cameron’s same-sex marriage policy, said gay marriage is to blame for Britain's flooding in a letter to The Henley Standard.
He wrote: "Since the passage of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act, the nation has been beset by serious storms and floods." He was later suspended from the party.
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