We have one political party that believes in science

So, that’s not exactly new, but the premise of this article in the Post is that it has become worse under Trump.  I’m not so sure that Trump is driving the bus on this as much as he just happened to get on the bus in the front seat (or some-such metaphor), but the reality is this is not doing the planet any favors and probably making open anti-science denialism more prevalent in the Republican party:

Sen.-elect Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee said falsely in the lead-up to her campaign that the Earth has started to cool, and argued inaccurately that scientists have not reached a consensus on climate change.

In Florida, which has been pummeled by hurricanes, Sen.-elect Rick Scott has acknowledged rising and warmer seas could be harmful to his state but won’t attribute it to human activity.

And Sen. John Neely Kennedy, who is expected to announce Monday whether he will run for Louisiana governor, told reporters last week that while the Earth may be getting hotter, “I’ve seen many persuasive arguments that it’s just a continuation of the warming up from the Little Ice Age.”

As President Trump’s rejection of climate science isolates the United States on the world stage, illustrated by the small U.S. delegation dispatched to this week’s United Nations climate summit in Poland, he has also presided over a transformation in the Republican Party — placing climate change skepticism squarely in the GOP’s ideological mainstream. [emphasis mine]

Yeah, ultimately I just don’t believe that emphasized portion.  Sure, there’s been some Republicans in the past who were half-decent on the issue, but this denialism has pretty much always been in the GOP mainstream.  It’s not like Trump has a lot of original ideological ideas beyond that which enriches him is good and non-white immigrants are bad.

Anyway, it really is kind of amazing that our very own Republican party is pretty much the only major political party in the democratic world that actually denies the reality of climate change.  There is quite a lot of damning stuff about today’s GOP, but, this is really up there.  And really depressing.  Because it’s getting hot in here and that takes bipartisan solutions.

About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

4 Responses to We have one political party that believes in science

  1. R. Jenrette says:

    Anti-intellectualism – one of the repeating strains in American culture. Made stronger by the failure of our society to support really good public education.

  2. homeys44 says:

    The climate movement seems stuck in mocking people that disagree with them rather than actually coming up with real workable ideas. But, there was a protest by progressives against Pelosi last week, so it seems they are ready to push for action. Like banning all fossil fuels (and nuclear). We’ll see how that goes over with all these new suburban Democrats.

  3. Jim Nickelson says:

    Republicans:

    Climate change isn’t real!
    Climate change isn’t real!
    Climate change isn’t real!
    Climate change is natural!
    Climate change is natural!
    Climate change is natural!
    Humans don’t cause climate change!
    Humans don’t cause climate change!
    Humans don’t cause climate change!
    Climate change will be good!
    Climate change will be good!
    Climate change will be good!
    Those Democrats have no reasonable ideas for climate change!
    Those Democrats have no reasonable ideas for climate change!
    Those Democrats have no reasonable ideas for climate change!

    The worst kind of hypocrites.

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