Oregon’s New GOP Chairman is Fringe Science Fan

August 28, 2013

Climate Crock fans are familiar with Dr. Art Robinson, originator of the famous “Oregon Petition” of 30+ thousand “scientists” of various flavors (engineers, chiropractors, dentists, etc..) who disagree with mainstream thought on climate change. (Dr. Robinson is a chemist himself..)

You may not be aware that Robinson is active in politics, a failed one-time congressional candidate, and an afficianado of Fringe science. In fact, Dr Robinson not only knows more than the collective climate scientists of the world, he also is a medical expert, who says that nuclear waste might best be sprinkled over the American landscape, and maybe AIDS is not so big a deal either.  He would no doubt have a lot to talk about with His Most Serene Highness “Lord” Christopher Monckton, who claims to have Cured the disease .

A brilliant and iconoclastic company, these climate deniers.

Now Dr. Robinson is chair of the Oregon Republican Party.

Mother Jones:

Robinson, who has a Ph.D. in chemistry, has marketed himself for the last three decades as an expert on everything from nuclear fallout to AIDS to climate science in the pages of a monthly newsletter, Access to Energy, which he published from his compound in the small town of Cave Junction. A quick glance at his writings, which were publicized during his ill-fated challenges to DeFazio, suggest that whatever the failings of the previous party leadership—Democrats now hold all statewide elected offices and control both houses of the state Legislature—Robinson brings with him a new set of challenges entirely.

On nuclear waste: “All we need do with nuclear waste is dilute it to a low radiation level and sprinkle it over the ocean—or even over America after hormesis is better understood and verified with respect to more diseases.” And: “If we could use it to enhance our own drinking water here in Oregon, where background radiation is low, it would hormetically enhance our resistance to degenerative diseases. Alas, this would be against the law.”

On public schools: “Public education (tax-financed socialism) has become the most widespread and devastating form of child abuse and racism in the United States. Moreover, people who have been cut off at the knees by public education are so mentally handicapped that they cannot be responsible custodians of the energy technology base or other advanced accomplishments of our civilization.” (Robinson, a home-schooling activist, sells a DIY curriculum for $195.)

On AIDS: “There is a possibility that the entire ‘war’ on HIV and AIDS is in error. U.S. government AIDS programs are now receiving $6 billion per year and are based entirely upon the hypothesis that HIV virus causes AIDS. Yet, the articles referenced above and numerous additional publications by scientists who have become involved in this controversy state that: attempts to cause AIDS experimentally with HIV have completely failed; thousands of AIDS victims are HIV-free; and HIV shows none of the classical characteristics of a disease-producing organism. Moreover, AIDS is not a unique disease—it is an increased susceptibility to many ordinary diseases presumably as a result of depressed immune response. This depressed immunity can result from many other factors including those especially prevalent in the AIDS afflicted population—drug abuse and unhygienic exposure to very large numbers of different disease vectors. Moreover, large numbers of HIV carriers who are symptom-free are being treated by powerful life-threatening drugs that kill people in ways very similar to AIDS.”

(His conclusion on the AIDS epidemic: Homosexuality might be a natural consequence of the gay lifestyle, and the federal government had cooked the books “as an excuse for all sorts of social engineering, especially in the public schools.”)

On climate change: “[T]here is substantial scientific evidence that increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide produce many beneficial effects upon the natural plant and animal environments of the Earth.”

On diversity: The white-male imbalance at his alma mater, Cal Tech, Robinson argued, was due to the fact that “its applicants are weighted toward those who seek severe, difficult, total-immersion training in science—an experience few women and blacks desire.”

Below, my video about the “32000 Scientists” fraud. This is one that gets some of the nastiest trolls, because the “32000” meme is much beloved and tightly held by the denialist community. Wait till you see the curriculum for Dr. Robinson’s do-it-yourself-non-socialist homeschooling program….

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2 Responses to “Oregon’s New GOP Chairman is Fringe Science Fan”


  1. Old joke, copy/pasted with a few minor changes

    A motorist is driving past the Oregon GOP headquarters when he gets a flat tire.

    He gets out to change the tire,and sees that the chairman of the Oregon Republican Party (Art Robinson) is watching him through a window.

    Nervous, trying to work quickly, he jacks up the car,takes off the wheel, puts the lug nuts into the hubcap and steps on the hubcap, sending the lug nuts clattering into a storm drain.

    Robinson is still watching him through the window.

    The motorist desperately looks into the storm drain, but the lug nuts are gone.
    Robinson is still watching.

    The motorist paces back and forth,trying to think of what to do-and Robinson says,
    “Take one lug nut off each of the other tires,and you’ll have three lug nuts on each”

    “That’s brilliant!!!”says the motorist,”What’s a really smart guy like you doing in charge of the Oregon Republican Party?”

    “I’m here because I’m crazy” says Robinson ,”not because I’m stupid.”

    This joke is quite portable — it applies to practically any GOP leader in good standing with the Party.


  2. Tax haven in New Zealand? I live here and that’s news to me!


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