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30 September 2010 @ 12:41 am
Science Good, Republicans Bad!  
(To be clear, up front, I mean the Republican congressional candidates not everyone who votes for the GOP.)


Okay, we'll set aside for the moment "Whoa, Benabik is posting on his LiveJournal" and "Whoa, Benabik is posting politics" (something I tend to avoid just because it just tends to piss off somebody and I don't want to deal with it).


So, on one hand we have encouraging news. In Ars Technica's article "How much do people trust scientists? Depends on the topic" I see great quotes like:

  • The survey found that scientists represent a very trusted source of information, ranking 3.98 out of 5 on its scale. When broken down by specific topic, three topics garnered a higher response than the overall score: evolution (4.3), renewable energy (4.08), and the origin of the Universe (4.0).

  • [A] clear consensus among the respondents was which spending should be cut in tough economic times to save scientific funding.

  • This brought the worldwide totals to about 80 percent of the respondents saying that they were sure that "humans are significantly changing global climate," leaving only 10 percent saying no and 10 percent saying that they are unsure.

And that's not even just the US getting lost in a worldwide survey! 72% of US respondents said they trusted scientists about climate change! Awesome!

But then I read the Bad Astronomer's "Every single Republican Senate hopeful is against climate change action" and see:

37 seats are up for grabs in November, and of the 37 Republicans ([...]) running for these seats, not a single one supports taking any action on global warming.

I.. But... GAH! Scientific literacy, people! The world has warmed by nearly a degree in the last century! This is significant and likely caused by the industrial revolution and our carbon output! We're looking at another degree of warming over the next century! This is changing viable cropland, animal habitats, and fresh water reserves! The oceans are 30% more acidic! We're losing our coral reefs and fisheries!


Silicon Rosesiliconrose on September 30th, 2010 07:53 pm (UTC)
Sadly, a small handful of the Republican candidates don't even believe in having a Department of Education. Now, I don't think they'd actually do anything about it -- if for no other reason than if by some miracle it passed the House and Senate, Obama would probably veto it so hard he might break the table underneath the sheet of paper -- but it's somewhat concerning how many people believe the government shouldn't do anything at all.

Government has its downsides and its problems, but trying to totally eliminate its influence in places where it's truly needed is just going to make the situation worse.
kidiluge on April 10th, 2011 08:17 am (UTC)
excellent articles, useful for me. keep writing and happy blogging.

sigulilt on April 12th, 2011 07:49 am (UTC)
hello, I sent an email to you about this post, its not coming thru for me. Can you connect with me when you get a chance.

hanomaja on April 15th, 2011 04:34 am (UTC)
I am doing research for my university thesis, thanks for your great points, now I am acting on a sudden impulse.