It’s no secret that TEApublicans are scientifically illiterate. But ignorance doesn’t necessarily beget pathological and sinister dishonesty. That is, unless you’re a conservative right-wing Evangelical. Then it becomes totally acceptable to lie to yourself, but also to children.
First let’s have some examples of TEApublican idiocy:
Michelle Bachmann, “Carbon dioxide is not a harmful gas; it is a harmless gas … And yet we’re being told that we have to reduce this natural substance and reduce the American standard of living to create an arbitrary reduction in something that is naturally occurring in the Earth.”
Herman Cain, “I don’t believe … global warming is real. Do we have climate change? Yes. Is it a crisis? No. … Because the science, the real science, doesn’t say that we have any major crisis or threat when it comes to climate change.”
Rick Santorum, “I believe the earth gets warmer and I also believe the earth gets cooler. And I think history points out that it does that and that the idea that man, through the production of CO2 — which is a trace gas in the atmosphere, and the man-made part of that trace gas is itself a trace gas — is somehow responsible for climate change is, I think, just patently absurd when you consider all the other factors, El Niño, La Niña, sunspots, moisture in the air. … To me, this is an opportunity for the left to create — it’s really a beautifully concocted scheme because they know that the earth is gonna cool and warm. ”
U.S Rep. Paul Broun, “All that stuff I was taught about evolution, embryology, the Big Bang theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of hell, And it’s lies to try to keep me and all the folks who were taught that from understanding that they need a savior.”
Broun, a medical doctor by training, serves on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.
Enter 19 year old science education activist Zack Kopplin. In an interview with Bill Moyers Kopplin said, “While he may think they’re lies from the pit of hell, they’re not. They’re good, established science. And if our students don’t learn it, they’re going to be at a disadvantage to the rest of the world, to China, to Britain to France. And we’re not going to do what we need to really make the advances to keep our way of life and ensure the survival of the human race, if we don’t teach our students science.”
Watch the full interview here: