John Oliver pokes fun at Wagner on 'Last Week Tonight'

David Weissman

Comedian John Oliver, host of HBO's "Last Week Tonight," turned the heat up on a York County senator during his most recent show.

John Oliver, host of HBO's "Last Week Tonight," scolded Sen. Scott Wagner, R-Spring Garden Township, for his take on global warming.

Speaking critically about President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Accord, Oliver said residents now need to turn to their local representatives for support in addressing climate change.

"Maybe you'll get lucky; maybe yours is great," Oliver said. "Or maybe you live in Pennsylvania, and you're represented by state Sen. Scott Wagner, who has an interesting theory for what might be causing global warming."

The show then cut to an audio clip of Wagner, R-Spring Garden Township, speaking to a reporter about climate change after giving a speech to natural gas advocates.

"The earth moves closer to the sun every year," Wagner said. "We have more people. You know, humans have warm bodies, so is heat coming off? We're just going through a lot of change, but I think we are, as a society, doing the best we can."

Oliver pointed out that the Earth does move closer to the sun and then further away "because that is what a f---ing year is" and our body heat is not warming the planet.

EDITORIAL: Wagner in action

"And we are clearly not doing the best we can because we keep putting idiots like Scott Wagner in positions of power," Oliver said.

Reached Monday morning, Wagner asked who Oliver was and said he hadn't seen the show but that as long as the host spelled and pronounced his named correctly, he was fine with it.

Wagner added that he was supportive of Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris agreement because former President Barack Obama had signed the accord without congressional approval.

In the midst of campaigning for the 2018 Republican nomination for governor, Wagner declined to comment further on any action he would take on climate change if elected except to say that he's been doing a lot of research.

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