Science BAD! Money GOOD!

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So some morons in congress decided that science is bad, and that we shouldn’t allow scientists to talk to the public at large because that’d be bad.

Think I’m making it up?  Think again.  I really wish this was some sort of insane person’s conspiracy theory, but this is real, live stupidity, folks.

The gist is that lobbyists from the American Conservative Union have blocked a bi-partisan bill to elect a Science Laureate that previously had unanimous support because they’re worried said scientist will talk to the country about climate change.

Keep reading to see how I really feel.

The reason the aforementioned morons are freaking out is because they’re afraid if they appoint an actual scientist to the Science Laureate, that scientist will spout actual science to the people.  Namely, they’re worried that the laureate will talk about climate change and how it’s progressing.

Now, I don’t give a damn where you fall on the spectrum of “is climate change real, and are we speeding it up” argument.  Avoiding appointing a Science Laureate because you think he or she will disagree with your political stance is nothing but self-serving, blatant abuse of power.

Oh, and let’s talk about that argument for just a second (because I lied, and I actually do care where you fall on the scale).  If you thought that the ultra-conservative Tea Party faction of heroes were fighting a crusade against ignorance, determined to protect our right to use fossil fuels because all this climate change crap is made up, I think you were just proven wrong.

They wouldn’t be worried about the Science Laureate if they didn’t know, deep down, that their position is not motivated by science, but by greed.  Science clearly points to accelerated climate change being driven by a whole lot more than simple CO2 emissions.  Don’t take my word for it, you can start reading about it on NASA’s website.  And that’s just a good place to start.

I think that the morons who are blocking this bi-partisan-supported bill have just shot themselves in the foot.  If they haven’t been lying all this time about their position, why would they suddenly be worried about this Science Laureate position, hmmm?

There are these things called lobbyists and special interest groups.  They spend a lot of money in Washington to make sure political decisions go their way.  The oil industry has had record profits year-over-year for several years straight.  I wonder who’s spending tons of money in Washington to keep quiet scientific evidence that their products should be replaced with sustainable alternatives?

Shortsightedness for the win! To Congress, I ask:

Let me (and others) know what you think

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