It is not unnatural for human beings to attempt to appear more intelligent than they really are, or focus in on one particular subject to give the appearance of being an authority or an expert on something. It is also not unnatural, or unusual, for very intelligent and informed people to keep their knowledge and expertise under wraps so as not to appear authoritative and arrogant. However, it is unusual that an alleged highly-intelligent and highly-acclaimed university educated man to deliberately act like an uninformed imbecile on the very subject he studied in college. But when you seek approval from religious morons who not only lack a first-grader’s aptitude for, and completely deny, science, a man like Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal acts dumb and in the process probably embarrassed a lot of stupid people.
Americans with any cognitive abilities whatsoever would never deny Republicans represent the anti-science crowd that fervently “knows” that science, education, evolution, and climate change are of Satan. In fact, many so-called intelligent Republican leaders have taken to claiming they cannot possibly comment on Earth-changing issues such as anthropogenic climate change because they are not scientists; as if the preponderance of scientists are not saying climate change is real. Obviously it is better to duck the issue than openly deny the science behind climate change that most Americans are experiencing every day. Jindal took the issue a step farther and called the Obama Administration “science deniers” because it is not pushing anti-climate change policies championed by Republican “science deniers.”
Jindal was speaking at an event sponsored and organized by The Christian Monitor after being introduced as a biology major, Rhodes Scholar, and former President of the University of Louisiana System when a journalist asked him some science questions including whether or not he accepts evolution. Jindal claimed “I was not an evolutionary biologist” and shifted the conversation to how crucial it is for ”schools to teach creationism if that’s what they want.” However, Jindal then admitted that “I want my kids to be taught about evolution in their school.” Jindal knows that university scientists say that students who were taught creationism “as scientifically valid are unlikely to succeed in science courses at the college level,” and apparently does not want his own children to be stupid like the people he counts as his supporters.
The subject shifted from evolution to climate change and Jindal’s claim that the Obama Administration are science deniers. He explained that, of course they are, because their “approach to energy policy” does not go contrary to all established science. According to Jindal, since the White House is not pushing the immediate construction of the Keystone pipeline, and eviscerating the Environmental Protection Agency into oblivion, they are science deniers of the first order. He said, “The reality is, right now, we’ve got an administration —the Obama administration — that are science deniers when it comes to harnessing America’s energy resources and the potential to create good-paying jobs.”
Jindal is dutifully serving his Koch masters and lied that under the Obama Administration the rate of expansion of U.S. coal, oil, and natural gas production is not enough to comport with his anti-science energy policies regarding fossil fuel production and export. As far as the long-established science that fossil fuel development is the reason for climate change? Jindal is unsure if it is real, what it even means, or what the consequences are; “let scientists figure that out.” Jindal knows scientists have claimed for years that human activity is responsible for all the global climate change since 1950, and that instead of pushing catastrophic Koch-Republican energy policies like building the Keystone pipeline and abolishing the Environmental Protection Agency, America should be taking more strident steps to reduce climate change than even President Obama proposes.
Jindal is not only “acting” stupid about the reality of evolution and climate change, he is also feigning ignorance of America’s ascension as the biggest coal, oil, and natural gas producers and exporters in the world. As of last October, America overtook Saudi Arabia to become the world’s biggest oil producer in the world and has been experiencing the second largest oil boom in world history since the President has been in office. According to the PIRA Energy Group, “The U.S. growth rate is greater than the sum of the growth of the next nine fastest growing countries combined and has covered most of the world’s net demand growth over the past two years. The U.S. position as the largest oil supplier in the world looks to be secure for many years.” Sadly, that secure position as the largest oil supplier is a major contributor to global climate change. But since brilliant science major Bobby Jindal, like every other Republican in Congress, is not sure climate science is settled, he accused the White House of being science deniers for not embracing his anti-science energy policy to produce more carbon emissions.
It has been reiterated to the point of absurdity, but building the Keystone pipeline will mean “game over for Earth’s climate,” will not be a jobs bonanza, and will not put one drop of oil in Americans’ gas tanks. It is an oil industry export pipeline to profit John Boehner’s portfolio, a foreign corporation, add billions to the Koch brothers’ fortune, and enrich American oil exporters who pay no taxes on exports. None of this is a secret any more than the devastation to America’s environment, including climate-killing carbon emissions, that building a foreign corporations’ money-producing pipeline will cause. Jindal’s lies are nearly as pathetic as his “stupid act” and it is worth noting that after the 2012 general election, it was Jindal that said Republicans have to stop being the stupid party.
The problem for Jindal is that Republicans, including him, have to act stupid or they would never attain political office. One can only assume that an intelligent and well-educated man like Jindal was squirming inside at having to appear stupid just to appeal to Republican voters. However, it is likely that Jindal’s lack of character more than covers any embarrassment at appearing stupid. It takes a slimy character indeed to stand in front of Christians and in one breath claim he does not want his children involved in an education system that creates imbeciles, and yet promote teaching Louisiana children’s how to be academic failures due to being taught religion over science.
There is no secret why “science major” Jindal is pushing an anti-science energy policy and calling the Obama Administration science deniers for embracing science to combat climate change. It does not take a brilliant mind to comprehend that like all Republicans, Jindal will stoop to any low, including acting like a moron, to enrich the fossil fuel industry regardless the damage to the environment, national security, the economy, and as Jindal is well aware, his own children’s future. But acting like an idiot is crucial for Republicans no matter how well-educated or intelligent they are because they only appeal to idiots in the religious right, teabagger, and conservative movement and unfortunately those morons vote in droves.
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.