Science Denying Guv’s Covid Walkback may be a Model for Climate Deniers

June 27, 2020

Watch for something like this as climate deniers, one by one, have to acknowledge reality and admit that science is real.

Honestly, who could have known that people in bars could spread a virus?

KVIA:

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas surpassed 5,000 hospitalized coronavirus patients for the first time Friday afternoon as Gov. Greg Abbott acknowledged in an interview with ABC-7 that he allowed bars in the state to reopen too soon.

“If I could go back and redo anything, I would slow down the re-opening of bars,” the governor said, expressing regret over his decision because of “how quickly the coronavirus spreads in the bar setting.”

The lesson Abbott said he learned is that “a bar setting in reality just doesn’t work with a pandemic.”

7 Responses to “Science Denying Guv’s Covid Walkback may be a Model for Climate Deniers”

  1. rhymeswithgoalie Says:

    Bars make money selling judgment-impairing substances to people who are more social than average. What could possibly go wrong?

  2. jimbills Says:

    “Watch for something like this as climate deniers, one by one, have to acknowledge reality and admit that science is real.”

    That may happen, with a few exceptions, but what’s happening with Abbott and others like him is that they’re protecting core values they think are more important – both to themselves and definitely to their core supporters. In this case (and with a lot of aspects of climate change), it’s individual freedoms outweighing medical and scientific advice.

    Abbott will wear a mask himself, and he recommends others do it, but he refuses to mandate it for the state – a huge mistake, imo. He’s declared schools will be in session in the fall, but individual students can opt out (without similar protections for teachers, however) – another mistake, imo, even though I think in-person learning is best. If bars are bad, how bad will schools be with most of the students asymptomatic, constantly mixing together, in close confines for half a day 5 days a week, with flu season approaching, and with immune systems weakened with the colder weather?

    Abbott officially limits gatherings now to 100 people, with the loophole that local officials can overrule that. Here’s a town close to me doing just that:
    https://therockwalltimes.com/news/2020/06/26/rockwall-city-council-approves-public-events-fourth-of-july-festivities-set-to-continue-as-planned/

    With climate change, the same things apply. Republicans will practically never increase regulations or mandate rules for anything, but even Repubs like Rick Perry will be enthusiastic about welcoming new businesses like wind power. Abbott is excited about Tesla moving to Texas:
    https://www.kvue.com/article/money/abbott-confirms-talks-with-elon-musk-about-moving-tesla-to-texas/269-c2f03544-02f8-4a5b-a5ec-08653e1ded5f

    But this is why action against climate change will be continuously roadblocked by Republicans (and many Democrats) well past the time of actually accepting that it’s a real thing. The future of climate change in politics in the States will be a fight of essentially rear guard actions, where Republicans refuse to do what’s necessary in favor of protecting values they feel are more important – which is exactly what’s happening in Texas with coronavirus right now.

  3. grindupbaker Says:

    I thought alcohol was an antiseptic.


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