Welcome to GOP’s America: Denial as Political Platform
The earth is warming, and humans are causing it. If you disagree with that statement, you disagree with scientific consensus.
Those two sentences are so non-controversial in the scientific community, that one almost tires of continuing to remind people otherwise. There are smart people who don’t agree with the science. That doesn’t change the scientific consensus. There are political and economic and social and cultural and religious reasons that people do not believe the earth is warming, or if they do, that humans are the cause. None of that has any impact on climate science, which does not require belief, and which does not provide policy, religious, social, economic or cultural prescriptions.
What climate science says is: the earth is warming, and human activity is causing it.
And yet, it is becoming more and more evident that our political system does not care about science, or does not have the capacity to accept the implications. Specifically, the Republican Party as influenced by the current conservative movement has agreed, somehow, that without any change in the science, the GOP can reject climate change. Either because they don’t like the science or don’t like what it means. There are Democrats who do the same, but the Democratic Party has not accepted this platform. This change is important, and Republicans be should made to account for it. Especially those Republicans with backgrounds in science, who once openly shunned the position they now embrace. This change shows a remarkable ability to squirm out of an unpopular position that could result in very harsh consequences.
All of this is an introduction to the National Journal article Heads in the Sand. Read it. It’s important.
(Thanks JZ for the lead).
One quote to whet your whistle: One senior House Republican who appears comfortable with his positions on climate science is Texan Ralph Hall, chairman of the House Science Committee. Asked if climate change is causing the Earth to become warmer, the lawmaker charged with shaping national science policy responded, “I don’t think it’s the cause. I don’t think we can control what God controls.”