On March 12, in Biloxi, Mississippi, Rick Santorum said: “The dangers of carbon dioxide? Tell that to a plant.”
On the day Santorum made what was possibly the most appallingly ignorant statement in a GOP primary season full of dangerous nonsense, record high temperatures were reported by 121 National Weather Service stations across the country, with another 17 stations tying existing records. (One record and two ties came from Santorum’s home state of Pennsylvania.)
The weird weather of March 12 was no anomaly. In March, 7,775 weather stations across the country broke high-temperature marks — the most record highs reported in a single month since the government began collecting data in 1895. And March fit into a larger pattern — capping the hottest year-long span on record.