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Saturday, January 03, 2015

Peter Dykstra writes in It's not the heat, it's the stupidity:
The new Congress may be the most boldly anti-science body since the time of the Scopes Monkey Trial.
The 114th Congress convenes this week. The last time a Congressional anti-science caucus was this strong may have been during the Scopes Monkey Trial ninety years ago. But that's not the worst part of it: The folks who want to gut government research and deny climate change are virtually guaranteed perpetual re-election and jobs for life.
Let's get straight to the moral of this story: Entrenched anti-science isn't going away. Not soon, maybe not in our lifetimes. Every one of the most ardent congressional climate deniers who chose to run won re-election, mostly by runaway margins, and probably have jobs for as long as they want them. A landscape of gerrymandered "safe" districts and wide-open campaign cash spigots make their futures even safer, even as their behavior helps make our own a little more bleak.
What we need is an SAT (Science Aptitude Test) to hold a Congressional seat. Anyone who can't demonstrate a basic knowledge of science should be denied a seat in Congress. But, since these very simpletons are the ones making our laws, it will never happen—until there's a revolution, that is.