Science Denial Alive and Well Among Policy Makers and Right Wing Heroes

May 19, 2013

Delaware Newszap:

GEORGETOWN – Sussex County Council members are not on the same wave length regarding the debatable issue of sea level rise.
At the May 7 council meeting, Susan Love, a planner with the Department of Environmental Control and Natural Resources’Coastal Management Program, delivered an update on progress made by the state’s Sea Level Rise Advisory Committee, which is developing an adaptation plan for the state that will provide a path forward for planning for impacts of sea level rise.

Ms. Love’s presentation drew no love from councilmen Samuel Wilson, R-Georgetown, and Vance Phillips, R-Laurel.

Mr. Wilson cast doubt sea level rise even exists.

“They don’t have no facts. It’s almost BS, to be honest with you,” said Mr. Wilson.
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“Man has been on this earth … according to the Bible … about 6,000 to 7,000 years,” challenged Mr. Wilson. “Salt (water) may intrude. You’re talking like it’s going to happen in the next 10 years. It’s been 7,000 years we’re thinking it might come. If it hasn’t done it in the last 7,000 why is it going to do it now all of a sudden?”

Washington Post blogs:

An unusual controversy has erupted at Emory University over the choice of famed neurosurgeon Ben Carson to deliver this year’s commencement address because he does not believe in evolution.

Nearly 500 professors, student and alumni signed a letter (see full text below) expressing concern that Carson, as a 7th Day Adventist, believes in creationist theory that holds that all life on Earth was created by God about 6,000 years ago. It rejects Darwin’s theory of evolution, which is the central principle that animates modern biology, uniting all biological fields under one theoretical tent, and which virtually all modern scientists agree is true.

The letter’s authors are not seeking to have Carson disinvited. Instead, they say it was written to raise concerns about his anti-scientific views.

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12 Responses to “Science Denial Alive and Well Among Policy Makers and Right Wing Heroes”

  1. Martin Lack Says:

    Reblogged this on Lack of Environment and commented:
    This is just brilliant. Some readers and viewers may not appreciate the irreverent humour but, I am sorry, sometimes humour is the best way to make the point that, in spite of all the evidence to the contrary, insisting that humans are probably not the primary cause of climate change is absurd as insisting that the Earth may not be spherical.

    • ahaveland Says:

      Martin, but the Earth isn’t spherical, it’s an irregular oblate spheroid! :)

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Figure_of_the_Earth

      Your point is well made, but the difference is important, otherwise GPS would be inaccurate by 11km!

      • Martin Lack Says:

        I was certain someone would remind me of this point. I apologise for my willful over-simplification.

      • Martin Lack Says:

        I hope you will appreciate the amendments I have now made to my comment on my blog, which simplify the text; improve the alliteration; and respect geometric complexity. :-)

        • ahaveland Says:

          Noted and appreciated, though I think you could get away with “spheroidal” instead of “almost spherical” :D

          If Geoid is the proper name for the actual shape of the Earth, then I guess Lunoid, Marsoid and Venusoid should apply to their respective shapes.
          Good job there doesn’t appear to be a body called Haemorrh!

          Ain’t semantics a bitch!

  2. ahaveland Says:

    Great video…
    It really is scandalous that such incompetent antiscience people can even be eligible to be elected, and it’s also scandalous to have a population so uneducated that they would elect them.

    Being able to orate, persuade and be bought by corporates are not qualifications to hold power and make decisions on policy.

    Surgeons, dentists, lawyers, engineers etc have to take stringent examinations because lives depend on their knowledge.

    Why not politicians too? They are responsible for many more lives.


  3. Reblogged this on Friend Nature and commented:
    Delaware Newszap:
    GEORGETOWN – Sussex County Council members are not on the same wave length regarding the debatable issue of sea level rise.
    At the May 7 council meeting, Susan Love, a planner with the Department of Environmental Control and Natural Resources’Coastal Management Program, delivered an update on progress made by the state’s Sea Level Rise Advisory Committee, which is developing an adaptation plan for the state that will provide a path forward for planning for impacts of sea level rise.
    Ms. Love’s presentation drew no love from councilmen Samuel Wilson, R-Georgetown, and Vance Phillips, R-Laurel.
    Mr. Wilson cast doubt sea level rise even exists.
    “They don’t have no facts. It’s almost BS, to be honest with you,” said Mr. Wilson.
    “Man has been on this earth … according to the Bible … about 6,000 to 7,000 years,” challenged Mr. Wilson. “Salt (water) may intrude. You’re talking like it’s going to happen in the next 10 years. It’s been 7,000 years we’re thinking it might come. If it hasn’t done it in the last 7,000 why is it going to do it now all of a sudden?”


  4. The right-wing hero Koch Brothers might already be impacting the coverage of AGW at the LA Times.

    Check out these two web.archive.org links:

    (Jan 27, 2013) http://t.co/1UJ2bnDjoT

    (Jan 28, 2013) http://t.co/XuOTtowiqR

    I saw a Michael Mann tweet about the scrubbing of this Koch/Muller material from the LA Times web-site and decided to sniff around a bit at web.archive.org — anyway, this might be worth a short followup post…

    • ahaveland Says:

      Good catch –
      1st link points to the article dated July 29, 2012, 12:28 p.m.
      2nd link now not working – perhaps LAT has taken it down?

  5. neilrieck Says:

    Every time my mother watched Carl Sagan on TV she would mutter “oh,that atheist” (anyone who has read anything about Sagan knows he was not an atheist; but he was a scientist and he did question many of the things said by “representatives of the church” and maybe this is what she meant. Anyway, I wish both of my parents were still alive today to see/hear this little sermon of common sense.


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