Chart of the Day (global warming denialism)
November 19, 2010 7 Comments
The ignorance and Know-Nothingism of the modern Republican party is truly astonishing. Check this out via Pew:
Thanks to years worth of demagoguery, an absolute majority of Republicans (53%) now completely denying global warming! And lets be clear here, nobody serious denies that the earth is warming. There is at least a fake controversy as to whether humans are responsible or not (while there are some crank scientists reliably trotted out by Fox News to suggest humans are not responsible, you cannot find an actual climate scientist who believes this). And damn, if that fake controversy isn’t effective as even Democrats are split pretty evenly on that issue.
It’s one thing to have concern for the environment be a low priority, but its almost as if Repubicans are becoming actively anti-environment, just because they know Democrats (and those damn foreigners) seem to care about the health of the planet that supports us all. Check out these changes over the past four years:
And, I’ve already shown enough cool charts, but they’ve also got one which looks at the views of those Republicans who identify with the Tea Party. You’ll be shocked, shocked to know that the Tea party Republicans having an even less tenuous connection to reality. I had an interesting conversation the other night with some reporters and I sort of stuck up for the American people (not suggesting they’re smart, just not particularly dumber than in other countries). Then again. But, I don’t know how much you can blame “the people” when you have one of two major political parties and an entire right-wing media leading them over an anti-intellectual cliff.