tomboy-brownies said: "We can't afford food stamps, we can't afford unemployment insurance, we can't afford healthcare, we can't afford to refinance student loans or make college affordable, we can't afford immigrants to come to America, we can't afford a higher minimum wage, we can't afford to make medical marijuana legal, we can't afford the homeless."...Let's bomb Iraq.
That’s conservative America in a nutshell…
And give more tax cuts to the rich…
The Republican members of the committee made it clear that not only do they lack the slightest interest in addressing climate change but they are about as ignorant about the nuances of science as a stone. Leading the charge was Texas congressman Randy Weber:
Several members, for example, appeared to be trying to mock rather than engage Holdren on climate change. “I may want to get your cellphone number, Dr. Holdren,” said Representative Randy Weber (R–TX), “because, if we go through another few cycles of global warming and cooling, I may need to ask you when I should buy my long coat on sale.”
Weber, a freshman from the Galveston area, began his interrogation by asking Holdren whether “when you guys do your research, you start with a scientific postulate or theory and work forward from that? Is that right?” Holdren gamely played along, explaining that “it depends on the type of science, but the notion of posing a hypothesis and then trying to determine whether it is right is one of the tried and true approaches in science, yes.”
But Weber’s question was really just a setup for his concluding statement. “I just don’t know how you all prove those theories going back 50 or 100,000 or even millions of years,” Weber said.
Perhaps Weber also wants to discount theories in astronomy, cosmology and paleontology? After all even those theories are based on evidence going back millions of years. I don’t know Weber’s views on evolution but I would be hardly surprised if he turns out to be in favor of “teaching the controversy”.
The House of Representatives Committee on Science is turning into a national embarrassment (via wilwheaton)
Is turning into a national embarassment? More like “is a national embarrassment”