2015 Review: Richard Alley on Being a Republican Climate Scientist

December 30, 2015

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4 Responses to “2015 Review: Richard Alley on Being a Republican Climate Scientist”


  1. The issue of climate science and Republicans will not be solved so easily. An historic example of what happens when politics gets mixed up with science is Lysenkoism in the Soviet Union. This was a crackpot theory that genes did not pass on traits in living things, but that offspring could acquire physically modified characteristics from their parents. It was a total disaster for Soviet agriculture.

    With the craziness of the weather happening now, the Republicans will have a harder and harder time explaining it away to their poorly informed constituents. Eventually, like Lysenkoism, it will evaporate.

  2. florasforum Says:

    This is the most out-of-touch thing I’ve seen. Politics and climate science being intermingled is a recent thing? Is he referring to geologic time? Can anyone say “Al Gore”?

  3. David Lewis Says:

    According to this article in the MIT magazine Energy Futures, former registered Republican climate scientist Kerry Emmanuel felt forced to jump ship. Emmanuel, as quoted in the article:

    “I’m always horrified when ideology trumps evidence and reason.”

    The article continues:

    “Emanuel has always been guided by a strict adherence to reason. When he was growing up in the 1960s and 70s, he found that those who argued irrationally tended to be on the left. So he became a Republican. But over the last decade or so, he switched to become a registered independent.

    “All the excesses, as far as I can see, are on the right now. I didn’t change so much. They changed,” Emanuel says.”

    I wonder which of the climate science denying Republican candidates for President Dr. Alley supports. Trump?

    • dumboldguy Says:

      I suspect that Alley will ultimately vote for none of the Republican candidates, and certainly never for Trump. Actually, I find it hard to believe that a scientist of his accomplishments and stature would ever be a Republican. Has anyone asked him why he so identifies? Was he brainwashed as a child?

      Most scientists are Democrats or Democrat-leaning independents, and I’ve seen figures as low as 6% for scientists who call themselves full Republicans. The same is true of academics in general. In The Republican Brain, Mooney ties those facts to the differences in brain function and thinking between liberals and conservatives. Someone like Alley should be a Democrat.


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