Your Brain on Denial

April 16, 2020

Those of us brought up to believe in science, data, and fact have too often assumed that as the reality of a given situation, say, climate change, becomes clear, that rational actors will come around to thinking clearly and making reasonable choices.

For your homework assignment, view the video above, text below, and you may begin at 2:57 in bottom clip.
Analyze, compare, and contrast.

Houston Chronicle:

Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw said Wednesday that conservatives can’t afford to ignore the topic of climate change.

“We can make fun of the left’s sort of alarmist views on climate change — and we should, to an extent — but we can’t ignore it completely,” Crenshaw said during a keynote Q-and-A at the right-leaning Texas Public Policy Foundation’s 2020 policy conference. “From a political standpoint, we cannot ignore it completely.”

The 35-year-old congressman, who has proven to be a leader within the party for rallying young conservatives, said most of the left’s alarmism on climate change is unwarranted, but not all of it.

“It’s not totally untrue. Their alarmism is often, almost always, completely untrue and not founded in facts or data. When they’re blaming storms and things on climate change, it’s usually nonsense,” Crenshaw said. “That doesn’t mean there isn’t some effect on the climate from man-made emissions, and we can admit that.”

Noting that the environment is a top priority for members of both sides of the aisle, and especially independents, a key target for Republicans, Crenshaw said that even if Americans disagree on the cause of climate change, there is common ground. Everyone has an interest in cleaner air and water and “generally lowering emissions,” he said.

“Even if we don’t know what it’s doing to the environment, let’s at least err on the side of caution,” Crenshaw said. “But it doesn’t mean erring on the side of destroying the economy, which is what the left would have. So two things: grant some of the premise — not all of the premise — that they’re operating on, some of it, and expose them for what they’re really trying to do, which is a complete socialist takeover of the economy.”

Crenshaw’s comments Wednesday starkly contrasted with those of President Donald Trump — who just Tuesday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, dismissed those who warn about climate change as “prophets of doom” — and other Republican leaders who deny climate change.

Below, check the interview at 2:57 with self-professed Republican, who claims to have “done his research” – protesting against self distancing and quarantine in Michigan.

Raw Story:

An amusing exchange played out during a news broadcast. As WOOD TV8‘s Leon Hendrix approached protesters for interviews, he encountered one protester who also happened to be wearing a mask.

The protester, who identified himself as Joseph Dixon, said he was there to support Michigan’s businesses and “stand up for the “rights of our fellow Michiganders,” adding that he believes Gov. Whitmer has “overstepped her rights with our freedoms.”

“Are you concerned about this virus,” Hendrix asked.

“I was in the beginning until I’ve done my research and found out the realities and the media’s overreach on it and that it’s not as serious as they made it out to be, and that’s why I am here, because I feel that they are overreaching, overreacting, and crushing our small businesses, crushing our economy,” Dixon replied.

“I see you’re wearing a mask, so you must have some level of concern,” Hendrix pressed, to which Dixon replied that he was just utilizing “common courtesy.”

7 Responses to “Your Brain on Denial”

  1. Gingerbaker Says:


  2. grindupbaker Says:

    “And what are your constituents telling you ?” “Pardon”
    I’m sorry, I’m just happy because the Sun came out finally and I can sneak onto the back deck without Doug having the RCMP arrest me (I’m too old to be out).

  3. John Kane Says:

    “The rest of the world…are relying on America to be the innovation engine of the future.”

    We are? I must have missed that memo.

    • grindupbaker Says:

      We’re relying on them here for everything except special masks. We’re making our own now out of bog rolls or something instead of using theirs. I don’t know what Yanks will do for bog rolls now they don’t got ours. I dread to think.

  4. William Haaf Says:

    Crenshaw and Conservative Republicans keep chanting the same mantra: ” .. expose them for what they’re really trying to do, which is a complete socialist takeover of the economy.” Until conservative republicans stop this distortion; no progress will be made on the climate crisis. Crenshaw should meet with some climate scientists from U of Texas or Rice or Texas A&M and get educated.

  5. J4Zonian Says:

    Given the history of the fossil fuel, nuke, and other industries, I wouldn’t be surprised to find a sizable part of the crowd was paid to be there.

    Either way, is it wrong for me to want to tell them to just go to their rooms and stop acting like petulant children? (I mean besides the fact that I’d then have to explain to them what “petulant” means…)

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