Just as they were about to hand out matching T shirts to all House Republicans bearing the slogan “I am not a scientist,” a lone voice rings out in the crowd.
Rep. Dan Benishek boasted at a recent interview insider knowledge that true, the climate may be changing, but there is no evidence to prove that man is to blame.
The Michigan Republican from Crystal Falls talked to ABC 10 Tuesday. During the interview, news director Greg Peterson challenged, “I could throw some science at you.”
“Well, I am a scientist. There’s no significant scientific evidence to prove that there’s man-made catastrophic global warming…You know, I believe in peer-reviewed science. But, I don’t see any peer-reviewed science that proves there is man-made catastrophic climate change.”
Banishek’s expertise in anthropogenic global warming must, no doubt, be a result of extensive training in that field. According to his website, the esteemed congressman in 1974 earned a BS in biology from the University of Michigan, graduated from Wayne State Medical School in 1978, and has since worked as a general surgeon in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and was employed part-time at the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain.
Dr. Dan’s opinion may also be somewhat influenced by campaign contributions from the oil and gas industries totaling more than $125,000.
The congressman is running for re-election in Michigan’s 1st Congressional District. His Democratic opponent, Army veteran Jerry Cannon, does believe in global warming.
Joining Cannon are other pot-stirrers, such as theoretical physicist and White House Science Adviser Dr. John P. Holdren, who smacked down climate-change Teapublicans at a recent hearing on the subject, and astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson, who remarked that the GOP won’t react until we “sink lower.”
Most Teapartiers avoid questions concerning man’s contribution to climate change, and that club increased by one Thursday. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) now also admits that he is not a scientist and therefore is unqualified to express an opinion on the matter. However, like his compatriots, he feels justified to strike down any attempt to address the issue.
McConnell is joined by House Speaker John (“I am not a scientist”) Boehner, Florida governor Rick (“I am not a scientist”) Scott, and Florida senator Marco (“I am not a scientist”) Rubio, among many others. This summer, Liz and Dick Chaney unveiled a comprehensive Republican plan for dealing with climate change: Do nothing.