The US Congress doesn't have a good record on scientific facts when it comes to climate change.
On Thursday, representative Jason Chaffetz held a town hall meeting with over 1,000 of his constituents (and over a 1,000 outside the hall unable to enter due to capacity).
According to the Salt Lake Tribune, he addressed 13 questions in the time given.
It neither started, nor ended well for Chaffetz who left the stage 75 minutes later to the roar of booing.
Two very simple questions from a ten year old produced the loudest reaction.
Hannah Bradshaw asked the congressman two things:
What are you doing to help protect our water and air for our generations and my kids’ generations?
Do you believe in science, because I do?
Chaffetz shook her hand, and congratulated her for having the confidence to ask a question to a politician in front of a room full of people, and encouraged her to stay involved.
What is thrown in our air, what is thrown into our water, obviously has an effect on our environment.
We have a major problem here, in particular Salt Lake Valley, with pollution, OK?
We have to make sure that we're being responsible.
You have a different approach to how I do that, than I do, OK?
I support an 'all of the above' energy strategy and I do think coal is an important part of that.
The remarks produced some of the most vicious push back from the crowd. Chaffetz ploughed on.
How do you think electricity is generated? That's coal.
In response to a heckler, he said:
I do support solar, I think it's a great mix.
You gotta remember the Democrats wanted to build these huge solar farms, and it's destroying the wild life [booing] I think it's a joke too.
Chaffetz was also asked about Tribal sovereignty, the selling off of federal land, and was repeatedly questioned about his role investigating Donald Trump.
Chaffetz is chair of the House Oversight Committee.
Some criticised the lack of a proper hearing given to Chaffetz.
Democratic city councillor in Salt Lake City Charlie Luke, wrote on Facebook that the poor behaviour of the crowd would have guaranteed his reelection in 2018.
The Salt Lake Tribune live streamed the booing.