Denialist GOP House “Science Committee” Retweets Fake News Breitbart

Deirdre Fulton, staff writer | ( Commondreams.org
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Committee’s tweet comes during hottest year on record.

Displaying a troubling disregard for science, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology on Thursday tweeted a misleading article from right-wing, white nationalist website Breitbart News—one written by a climate denier and debunked by actual scientists.

NBC News notes that the author of the article, James Delingpole, “does not have a science degree and is not a scientist.”

“Delingpole did not produce any original reporting,” NBC points out, “but rather merged opinion with a Daily Mail article he read. He also cited a science editor of the Global Warming Policy Foundation, one of the U.K.’s most high-profile climate-change denying organizations that the Guardian reported has clear links to the coal industry.”

Scientists struck back with reality-based assessments of Delingpole’s claim:

And Thursday’s tweet drew mockery and outrage from elected officials, including several Democrats on the committee.

As Common Dreams has reported, the committee has long waged a war on one of the very areas it is supposed to oversee—science. Indeed, committee chair Lamar Smith (R-Texas) “has used his position on the committee to spread climate skepticism and and harass [the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration],” writes ThinkProgress. “He once issued a statement alleging that scientists at the government agency of manipulating the data at the behest of the Obama Administration to provide evidence for climate change.”

And that was “before Trump was voted into office,” astronomer and columnist Phil Plait wrote at Slate.

“These tweets, and the information they cite, are a scary reminder that climate deniers will feel emboldened by Trump’s election,” he continued. “Trump’s team is already planning to cut global warming research at NASA. As winter approaches, we’ll likely see more reality-challenged senators bring in snowballs to the floors of Congress and say, ‘What global warming?’ every time a cold snap arrives, even though a lot of the brutal ‘polar vortex’ conditions are actually tied to the effects [of] global warming.”

5 Responses

  1. One of the hallmarks of the extreme far right is porcine ignorance and stupidity.

    No offense to sweaty pigs.

    • As the National Enquirer and Alex Jones proved, years of fake news seemingly without a partisan agenda is an excellent way to prepare your audience for the introduction of propaganda.

  2. This is just a continuation of thousands of years of primitive human behavior.

    As Arthur C Clark notes:

    “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”

    In other words, all the scientific advances we have today don’t impress the natives, but scares the sh*t out of them because to accept the results of the technology REQUIRES them to drastically re-think their world view and realize much of they they believe is false.

    Most people have a tenuous grasp on the world as it is, and being forced to actually think about reality hurts far more than just denying reality.

    Basically, most humans do not think but only react emotionally. I see this all the time with clients when discussing computer operating systems. Since I have deep understanding of the three major operating systems, I know that all three are 99% technically identical and that any decision about an operating system is purely an emotional one. People will defend their choice of an operating system with virulent emotions.

    There have been many human behavior studies that have shown that when people are confronted with actual facts that invalidate their emotionally held world view they completely ignore the facts and “double down” on their invalid beliefs. Facts will not change these people’s views, but I have not seen any methods to directly change the emotions of a group of people (Psychiatry/Psychology does have techniques to help individuals in therapy change their world view after confronting their inappropriate thinking, but even these are not always successful).

    Science is complex and not understandable in detail by most humans so most people react with deep emotional distrust. That is, The “magic” scares the primitives and no one knows how to calmly reason with them.

  3. How did it come to be that half of our country flat out rejects scientific consensus? Has there ever been another issue (other than evolution, which has no direct impact on our welfare as a species), that has been so openly rejected despite the clear evidence indicating otherwise?

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