A Republican Meteorologist Speaks Out

April 1, 2012 at 4:40 pm Leave a comment

Of the various harmful thinking errors a person can make, one of the worst is to infer a person’s stance on one idea from his or her stance on another. Are you pro-business? You must be anti-worker or anti-environment.

Unfortunately, when it comes to the central questions of climate change (is it real? is it substantially caused by human activities? and, should humans adjust their activities to reduce its impact?), we have entered a world where we think we can predict a person’s answers just by knowing his or her party affiliation: Are you a Democrat? Then yes, yes, maybe. A Republican? Then no, no, hell no!

It shouldn’t be this way. The notion that climate science, unlike chemistry, physics, astronomy, cell biology, etc., is somehow up for political debate is unhelpful. Politicians don’t fight over the atomic mass of carbon, DNA’s double helix, or whether the Sun is a red giant or white dwarf. It’s time to move the reality of climate change and the human role in it out of Congress and into textbooks so that the real political work, figuring out what to do and how much to do, about the climate change problem can begin.

A new, detailed blog post on the Neorenaissance blog from meteorolist Paul Douglas, a self-avowed conservative Republican, makes this point brilliantly: “A Message from a Republican Meteorologist on Climate Change: Acknowledging Climate Science Doesn’t Make You A Liberal” (March 28, 2012, Neorenaissance).

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