Fox News host Jesse Watters demonstrated on Thursday that he clearly has no idea how solar panels actually work.

“The Five” host was attempting to pour cold water on the Green New Deal put forward by left-leaning Democrats, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), when he asked:

“They have this new green deal or whatever. Ok, where they want to eliminate all oil and gas in 10 years. If you’re in the polar vortex, how are you going to stay warm with solar panels?”

Check out the clip, via Media Matters, here:

Watters’ comment echoed a similar claim made by Jim Hoft of the right-wing website Gateway Pundit:

It’s a bit cold outside this morning in middle America… Aren’t you glad you aren’t heating your home with a solar panel like nitwit Socialist @AOC is demanding?

— Jim Hoft (@gatewaypundit) January 30, 2019

Ocasio-Cortez fired back at Hoft’s tweet:

The Republican Party’s best and brightest is back at it today, I see

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 31, 2019

The freshman lawmaker also copied in known climate change-denier President Donald Trump on a further post:

cc: the President, a vulnerable and easily riled man who chooses to govern by conspiracy memes shared on Facebook instead of actual briefing data

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 31, 2019

The Department of Energy released this video in 2017 to explain how solar panels work just as well in winter and snow as in the summer:

Twitter users were unforgiving to both Watters and Hoft:

This is one of the greatest self owns of 2019. ?

— John Iadarola (@johniadarola) January 31, 2019

— Jimi S (@jimi2124) January 31, 2019

when it's cold, the sun ceases to exist. people forget this.

— space monkey mafia (@dylmdav) January 31, 2019

Since the sun doesn't work when it's cold, please feel free to stare at it

— Stefan The Adequate (@StefanNotSteven) January 30, 2019

I heat my home with solar panels. It’s a toasty 72° inside. I’m such a nitwit socialist.

— Patrick Schmidt (@PatrickASchmidt) January 30, 2019

Jim, i would suggest you read up on how solar heating works.

— Matthew Dowd (@matthewjdowd) January 31, 2019

Hey Jim, grew up in St Louis but lived in Germany for over a decade. Seasons are about the same. So I’m wondering why their solar industry is doing so well…perhaps because the sun is out when it’s cold? Hint: nothing to do with socialism, a lot to do with intelligence.

— Mark Hertling (@MarkHertling) January 31, 2019

@JesseBWatters Jesse, I heard your comments about solar panels, and I am genuinely curious… what do you think a solar panel is??

— Max Temkin (@MaxTemkin) January 31, 2019 RELATED… Solar Farm Rejected Amid Fears It Will 'Suck Up The Sun's Energy' Kids School Trump On Climate Change With Pictures He'll Understand On 'Kimmel' John Kerry Makes Dire Prediction About How Long Democracy Will Last Under Trump Download

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