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Tim Pawlenty says Climate Change is not real. Problem solved.

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Tim Pawlenty knows that climate change is real. If there were ever a Republican who was smart and pro-active about climate change, it was he. Why did national politics ever come knocking at his door, if it’s just going to turn the man into a fudger of the facts and a denier of reality?

Here’s former Gov. Pawlenty, talking to the Miami Herald, via Politico:

“The weight of the evidence is that most of it, maybe all of it, is because of natural causes,” Pawlenty said in an interview published Wednesday. “But to the extent there is some element of human behavior causing some of it — that’s what the scientific debate is about. That’s why we’ve seen all this back and forth between some of those prominent scientists in the world arguing about that very point.”

“There’s a lot of people who say the majority of the scientists think this way,” he added. “And there’s a minority that way. And you count the number of scientists versus the quality of scientists and the like. But I think it’s fair to say that, as to whether and how much — if any — is attributable to human behavior, there’s dispute and controversy over it.”

You know this isn’t true, Mr. Pawlenty. There is no scientific dispute over whether or not climate change is attributable to human behavior . “Those prominent scientists” that you mention arguing about this very point, that’s not real either.

But you, and the major climate denying population of the US, now determined to fit the demographic Conservative White Males (CWM, now, apparently), feel free to simply accept or reject science as you please. As though research and data and hard, scientific realities somehow depend upon one’s choice to believe them. There’s even science to support that the CWM doesn’t care about climate science.

It’s very easy to say that there is scientific controversy. That’s the kind of one-off statement that would probably sound like it is probably true to most folks who just don’t know one way or another. But it isn’t true, actually. It’s false. And I’m pretty sure you know it’s false.

Written by Christopher ZF

August 5, 2011 at 10:41

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