Anti-science Republican candidates silent on climate agreement #COP21 #science

There is a terrific editorial in the New York Times on the blaring silence from Republican presidential candidates following the historic Paris climate agreement. Turns out that science and 195 nations are hard to argue with… especially when you are arguing with lies, deceit, and fiction. Someone should tell Rep Lamar Smith and the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology to take note.

In the past, these Republican candidates have disparaged the idea of global warming. “We’re not going to make America a harder place to create jobs in order to pursue policies that will do absolutely nothing, nothing, to change our climate,” Marco Rubio said in a Republican debate in September.

Donald Trump uttered this marvel: “I am not a believer, and I will, unless somebody can prove something to me, I believe there’s weather. I believe there’s change, and I believe it goes up and it goes down, and it goes up again.”

Ted Cruz, who seems enthralled with the idea of a climate-science conspiracy, said last week, “Climate change is the perfect pseudoscientific theory for a big-government politician who wants more power.” On Saturday, Mr. Cruz had nothing to say.

Let’s hope the candidates’ new silence suggests that they see that when 195 nations together recognize the need for immediate action, their arguments to do nothing seem more misguided than ever.

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Anti-Science Quotable: Presidential Candidate Rand Paul rebrands himself as Dr. #science

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In case you missed it, SENATOR Rand Paul announced this week that he will run for President in 2016. In response to his announcement, we thought now would be a good time to revisit some of Rand Paul’s anti-science rantings. Check out the numerous CauseScience “Anti-Science Quotable” posts courtesy of Rand Paul. Also be sure to check out this MaddowBlog post highlighting Rand Paul’s rebranding of himself as a DOCTOR. AND don’t forget to check out Dr. Rand Paul’s medical career section on wikipedia. As pointed out on CauseScience before, it appears that Paul is not a board certified physician, and his most recent boarding was through his own made up medical board not recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties. YIKES!

The more Paul talks about his medical background, the more we’re reminded that whenever medicine and politics have intersected lately, the GOP lawmaker has gotten himself into trouble with nonsense.
For example, Rand Paul’s deeply ridiculous rhetoric about the Ebola virus looks absurd, if not genuinely dangerous, six months after the public-health scare.
His rhetoric about vaccines was arguably even more bizarre. Remember when he said vaccinations and “profound mental disorders” are “temporally related”?
Paul seems to think medical research at the National Institutes of Health is some kind of punch line, worthy of mockery. He’s also been a longtime member of a medical organization, the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, which has “expressed doubts about the connection between HIV and AIDS and suggested that President Barack Obama may have been elected because he was able to hypnotize voters.”
Given all of this, does the senator really want to cite his work as a doctor as some kind of presidential qualification?

Anti-Science Quotable: Ben Carson – science or propaganda? #science

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I find a very good measure of correlation between my religious beliefs and my scientific beliefs. People say, ‘How can you be a scientist? How can you be a surgeon if you dont believe in certain things?’ Maybe those things aren’t scientific, maybe its just propaganda.

Ben Carson – retired neurosurgeon and potential Republican presidential candidate on Meet the Press

Sounds like Carson is picking and choosing the science he wants to mesh with his religion and calling the rest propaganda… yikes! For not wanting to make a science and religion statement into a soundbite, he certainly provided one.

Republican Senator James Inhofe confuses weather and climate #snow=noclimatechange?

Senator James Inhofe seems completely crazy in this clip confusing weather and climate change. He seems to claim that climate change doesnt exist… ’cause snowball. It turns out that a lot of ignorant people make this same mistake, or just choose to ignore science and definitions. Examples here and here.

Think only Republicans are science deniers? think again

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On the heels of yesterdays post of the Daily Show takedown of anti-vaccine liberals (outbreak of liberal idiocy), a great politico article by Tara Haelle points out that both political sides have science deniers. Democrats and Republicans, and anyone in-between, are happy to tout science when it supports their cause, but are also happy to deny science when it is inconvenient… guess we’re all hypocrites. While Republicans deny the science of man-made climate change or evolution, Democrats tend to deny the science of vaccines or genetically modified organisms (GMO foods). The good news is that being anti-science is a bipartisan issue. However, the horrible news is that when you look at the issue, more and more people are willing to use or abuse science to their liking, rather than for what it is.

“But such cries of false equivalence miss the point. The issue isn’t whether the Democrats are anti-science enough to match the anti-science lunacy of Republicans. The point is that any science denialism exists on the left at all. If there is grime in my bathroom and grime in my kitchen, I don’t stand there and contemplate which one has more filth; my house won’t be clean until I have scoured both.”

Political affiliation of medical doctors shifting away from Republicans

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More medical doctors are contributing to Democrats and fewer are contributing to Republicans according to an article published in JAMA Internal Medicine. There are differences between medical specialties that are quite interesting, and women doctors tend to lean even more toward Democrats. Authors include Adam Bonica, Howard Rosenthal, David J. Rothman. News article here.