It’s always interesting to read the increasingly bizarre arguments of the climate-change deniers.
This morning’s editorial in the Gazette was no exception.
Loyally defending Ken Buck’s remarks on the subject, the G’s editorial writer cited a couple of superannuated contrarians, as well as the “Czechoslovakian” president Vaclav Klaus.
Republican Ken Buck, whom the Gazette endorsed for the U.S. Senate, recently said “(Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe) was the first person to stand up and say this global warming is the greatest hoax that has been perpetrated. The evidence just keeps supporting his view, and more and more people’s view, of what’s going on.”
In fact, the evidence supports the opposite conclusion, which is why an overwhelming majority of climate scientists believe in anthropogenic global climate change. There’s a substantial political question involved-i.e., what, if anything, should we do to slow down or combat rapid and accelerating climate change – but there’s no scientific question.
The politicization of science is nothing new. Depending on your political orientation, you may choose to disregard evidence of evolution, of climate change,or of the safety of nuclear power. You may prefer to believe that vaccines cause autism, that extraterrestrials landed in Roswell, or that the earth is flat.
But if you’re going to cite authorities to buttress your argument, politicians are not your best bet, especially presidents of nations that disappeared 20 years ago.
Czechoslovakia no longer exists. The G was no doubt referring to the Czech Republic, headed by Vaclav Klaus, a colorful right-wing economist who has likened environmentalism to communism. That’s an interesting point of view, and no doubt part of the reason that the Gazette chose to put the five million citizens of the Slovak Republic back under his control.
Who knows, maybe that tiny landlocked republic is full of cocksure, arrogant, overeducated climate scientists…Klaus will take care of them in short order!