The other day, we posted an article on White House Science Guy John Holdren’s lesson to the Republican House Committee on Science, Space and Technology — which is very similar in principle to the Atlantic Sea-Bass Committee on Pelicans, Land and Boats. During the interrogation — err, interview — Holdren struggled with the impossible task of convincing Republican Sea Bass that land was, in fact, real.
It’s hard to say how much the GOP committee legitimately didn’t understand about climate science, and how much they were playing to their audience and donors…which consisted almost exclusively of Big Oil and Heavy Industry manufacturers. But, Holdren gave it his best, answering such pressing questions as:
- Where does the water from melting ice go?
- Does the Earth wobble?
- and “How would the U.S. changing its laws make a difference?”
Unfortunately, Holdren’s well-considered answers were met with cries of “WITCHCRAFT!!” and he was subsequently burned at the stake.
At the end of his lead-in segment on New York’s Climate Change march (featuring at least two Hulks and Gilbert Grape), Jon tears into the fascinating stupidity that was the Science Committee’s exchange with Holdren. Jon, stuck for mere words to describe the idiocy witnessed therein, resorted to analogy. And his cup overfloweth with it.
But among the analogies, he also made a very good point, in regard to scientists working for “financial interests.” Which is the primary reason to distrust them. And that point:
If they were working only for money, why aren’t they working for Big Oil, Coal and Koch? If they could be bought so easily, there are plenty of buyers out there…so why aren’t ALL of those greedy scientists on Big Oil’s payroll?