Nobel Prize Medal
The New York Times reports today that sixty-eight American Nobel Prize winners in the science fields, including the two Americans who won this year’s chemistry prize have signed an open letter to American voters endorsing Barack Obama for president over Mitt Romney. Is it any wonder that these distinguished scientists support the president? The Republican party has become the home of some of the weirdest deniers of scientific facts imaginable.
The New York Times back in March 2011, reported on what Henry Waxman, the former chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee had to say at a forum in 2011 at the Center for American Progress, a left leaning research institute:
"But I have never been in a Congress where there was such an overwhelming disconnect between science and policy,” he said. “The Republicans in Congress have become the party of science deniers, and that is profoundly dangerous."
Waxman also said that Representative Fred Upton, Republican of Michigan, the new chairman of Energy and Commerce, had joined Senator James Inhofe, Republican of Oklahoma, in sponsoring a bill to repeal the Environmental Protection Agency’s finding that heat-trapping gases endanger public health and the environment. Mr. Inhofe has repeatedly referred to climate change as a hoax perpetrated by an incestuous coterie of climate scientists unwilling to consider contrary evidence.If you are interested in trying to decide if this seemingly inane GOP opposition to findings about Climate Change is heartfelt, or purchased, read this article by Bill McKibben in the July 12, 2012 edition of Rolling Stone magazine.