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    • Terri Connett

    • May 17, 2014 in Columnists

    Science schmience

    Marco Rubio doesn’t agree with 97 percent of scientists who have come to the conclusion that humans are causing climate change.  For the record, Marco also doesn’t believe anybody saw him bob and weave for a water bottle during last year’s response to the president’s State of the Union address.   It’s on tape, you say?  Nope, he’s not buying it.

    Bill Kristol also rode the denial train to “Moaning Joe” last week while human bobblehead, Mika Brzezinski, nodded, “Sure it is debatable.”

    Really, Mika?  Science is debatable?

    Joe Scarborough followed with, “Sure seven billion people have contributed to climate change but I’m not willing to destroy our economy over it.  I’m not going to jump because Al Gore told me to.”

    And there it is.  Republicans can’t get past that inconvenient documentary full of stunning images of the changing earth taken from space and detailed graphs and flowcharts spelling out the effects of human-generated greenhouse gases.

    This past February,  Republican Senator James Inhofe and his family built an igloo near the U.S. Capitol and labeled it “Al Gore’s New Home.”

    Birth certificate and baldness denier, Donald Trump cited the recent extreme winter as proof global warming is a myth.  “With the coldest winter ever recorded, with snow setting record levels up and down the coast, the committee should take the Nobel prize away from Al Gore,” Trump told members of his National Golf Club.

    This isn’t about Al Gore or politics or economics.  It’s about human survival.

    When virtually all climate scientists around the world have stopped arguing the point, shouldn’t we?

    Charles Krauthammer doesn’t think so.  On “Fox News Sunday” he said he’s “not impressed by numbers, not impressed by consensus.”  He called climate change the “oldest superstition around” and compared it to Native American rain dancing.  Chief Pants-On-Fire went on to say, “I’m waiting for science that doesn’t declare itself definitive but is otherwise convincing.”

    Don’t hold your breath, Charles.  Actually, you probably should practice holding your breath since you live near the ocean.   Do these guys even know the meaning of science?

    My free online dictionary spells it out for us – “Science is the observation, identification, description, experimental investigation and theoretical explanation of phenomena.”

    Would these guys argue Newton’s Laws of Motion or Hubble’s Law of Cosmic Expansion?  Of course not.  These are basic scientific laws we studied in school and have accepted into our everyday lives. We all believe in the theory of relativity, laws of thermodynamics and the compelling evidence of evolution.

    Oh wait.

    • Joe and Mika embarrassed me on this one!!! *hangs head in shame*
      Krauthammer needs to retire. He went off on “hashtag activism” last week, ridiculing politicians for using hashtags on Twitter posts, not recognizing that A) Twitter is how many people communicate and spread information and B) that a hashtag is a mini-search engine that helps people find other people tweeting about what they’re interested in.
      At some point… someone comes so far removed from understand society, they should just quietly retreat and write about things they understand. Like shouting at clouds, and whatnot.

        • Terri Connett

        • May 17, 2014 at 10:13 am
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        Yes! “Get off my lawn you silly ray of sunshine!!” 🙂

      • Fred Kauffman

      • May 17, 2014 at 10:12 am
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      Bravo!!! But don’t hold your breath waiting for the likes of Marco, Charles et al to see the light! Fred (yet another dumb scientist).

        • Terri Connett

        • May 18, 2014 at 8:19 am
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        Thank you, Fred. You are my favorite, and a brilliant, scientist!

    • Politics Schmolitics!

      • Darren Mart

      • May 18, 2014 at 9:30 pm
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      Krauthammer “isn’t impressed by numbers” yet wants science that is “convincing?” So… what sort of presentation will he accept then, a puppet show of some sort?

      It baffles me. Truly. People have always risked life and limb to defend against threats to their property, their livelihoods, their country, but when the scale becomes the planet as a whole, the rules change. We’re constantly negotiating with kiddies who are hellbent on disrupting the conversation at the grown-up table, even while knowing that with each concession we take another step toward oblivion.

        • Terri Connett

        • May 19, 2014 at 5:07 am
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        Couldn’t agree more, D! Don’t take away my guns! But glaciers? Clean air? Drinking water? The entire eco balance? All okay, as long as I can lock and load my GOD given right to bear arms. 🙁

      • Quinton Santini

      • May 19, 2014 at 1:22 pm
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      If just Nixon could come back as our president all would be good!

    • No offense, but Mika and Joe aren’t Leftists by any stretch of the imagination. And by the way, Terri, you totally made me laugh. This was a great column! I like you fired up!

        • Terri Connett

        • May 22, 2014 at 2:16 pm
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        Oh I agree 100% Matt. Joe is a right winger who portrays himself as an enlightened conservative. Whatever that is. And although I think Mika is supposed to be the balance, her position is mostly way up Joe’s butt. I like it when you like it when I get fired up.

    • Joe and Mika are the only ones I can watch. At least they fight and argue constantly… that means it’s balanced!

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