It is highly likely every American, at some point in their life, encountered a blustering, quarrelsome, overbearing person who habitually badgers and intimidates smaller or weaker people. There have always been bullies that prey on weaker people, but it is unlikely that when most Americans think of a bully they would hardly consider nerdy scientists bullies under any circumstances. However, according to Republicans, conservatives, and the religious right, the biggest bullies on the metaphorical block are scientists they claim intimidate weaker people (aforementioned evangelicals, Republicans, and conservatives) with facts, empirical data, and real-world occurrences that only ignorant right-wing morons and bible-clutching yokels find intimidating.
Over the past few weeks, the above mentioned weaker people have been intimidated more than usual by scientists whether it is Neil deGrasse Tyson’s weekly beat-down of creationists’ absurd belief that Earth and the Universe were blinked into existence 6,000 years ago, or climate scientists overwhelming evidence that man-mad global climate change is responsible for extreme weather events plaguing every region of the nation. One does not have to be a scientist, or even understand what science is, to comprehend that the entire globe is being ravaged by the exact extreme weather-related events climate scientists warned ten years ago were going to occur, and yet Republicans and their conservative pundits claim scientists are perpetrating a massive liberal hoax to portray seasonal weather as global climate change. However, a report this week revealed that climate change’s effects on Antarctica are Earth-changing and will adversely affect every continent on the planet.
According to new research from NASA, warmer ocean currents have set off an unstoppable, unpreventable, and irreversible chain of events that are melting a major section of west Antarctica’s ice sheet that will raise sea levels by about four feet and displace tens, if not hundreds-of millions of people from coastal and inland areas on every continent in the world. What conservative idiots and evangelical morons cannot fathom about global climate change is that it is the significant and lasting change in the statistical distribution of weather patterns due to warming oceans that under normal conditions occur over millions of years. It is the warmer ocean temperatures due to manmade CO2 and methane emissions that are responsible for global “ocean warming” that is melting Antarctica’s glaciers as well as changing weather patterns responsible for extreme weather events affecting the entire globe. Republicans have decided that climate scientists are using the empirical data and recorded severe weather to bully climate deniers with what they have labeled superstition, religion, and lies.
Between last week’s report on climate change and the devastation at home from super-storms, flooding, droughts, wild fires, tornados and this week’s news Antarctica is melting, conservatives went berserk and accused scientists using data, reason, and knowledge to bully people. That is the charge from CNN’s S.E. Cupp who was not to be outdone by Heritage Foundation economist Nicholas Loris who argued that “we haven’t seen these extreme weather events because the data doesn’t prove that.” S.E. Cupp continued that “Isn’t it a problem when science guys attempt to bully other people? The science group tries to shame anyone who questions facts, and it’s not working with the public.” Except conservatives are not questioning facts, they dispute they are real and it is stunning that anyone, even morons in the religious right or conservative movements, could dispute that the severe droughts, extreme flooding, super-storms, or drought-related wildfires are not real.
Conservative Charles Krauthammer avoided the “scientists are bullies” route and asserted that their data-driven certainty that global climate change is a reality is scientists’ version of religious superstition. The freak of nature said, “It’s always a result of what is ultimately what we’re talking about here, human sin with pollution of carbon. It’s the oldest superstition around. It was in the Old Testament, it’s in the rain dance of Native Americans – if you sin, the skies will not cooperate.” Krauthammer is an idiot because like the preponderance of morons decrying global climate change is a hoax, he obviously lacks rudimentary understanding that warm oceans is what changes what happens in the skies where weather is manifest. There is nothing remotely superstitious about that simple fact that every eighth-grade student in America learned in science class during the unit on weather.
Interestingly, bible-as-science advocate Pat Robertson had to weigh in and went straight to conspiracy theory and warned that efforts to combat climate change will destroy America and that scientists are part of an “anti-American socialist agenda that goes back to the playbook of Obama’s mentor.” According to Robertson’s tiny religious mind, curbing fossil fuel emissions “is high on the agenda of the radicals (scientists) who want to destroy America, it isn’t high on the agenda of those who really care about what goes on in life.” It must be beyond Robertson’s ability to comprehend that a great number of Americans “really care about what goes on in life” including taking steps to curb the devastating effects of global climate change to prevent more devastation that economists, the military, and scientists say will destroy America without intervention.
It is hardly reasonable that many Republican politicians, or their conservative media hacks, doubt for one minute that man-made climate change is real because they, like the great majority of Americans, have seen and felt the effects of extreme weather events firsthand. However, they know for a fact that for a large segment of the population, primarily their religious right and oil industry supporters, science is frightening because they lack the cognitive abilities of dirt and depend on superstition and fear to inform their worldview. A great number of Americans hate science, whether it is delivered by Neil deGrasse Tyson on Cosmos or NASA reporting a major part of Antarctica is melting because it makes them feel as abominably stupid as they really are and contradicts their faith whether it is faith in the bible or the dirty energy industry.
There is no hope of convincing climate change deniers that scientists, or science, is not their enemy and they will likely go to the grave hating science and the scientists attempting to save their pathetic lives from the effects of climate change. The reality is their contempt for science and scientists is very selective because they love the science that discovered and developed technological and medical advancements that make their pathetic lives better. If there was any real justice, they would be forbidden from using anything science and scientists are responsible for until they admitted their only problem with science is that they are intimidated by it because they are too stupid and superstitious to understand it.
Audio engineer and instructor for SAE. Writes op/ed commentary supporting Secular Humanist causes, and exposing suppression of women, the poor, and minorities. An advocate for freedom of religion and particularly, freedom of NO religion.
Born in the South, raised in the Mid-West and California for a well-rounded view of America; it doesn’t look good.
Former minister, lifelong musician, Mahayana Zen-Buddhist.