Why do Republicans hate science?

More Americans than last year believe the world is warming and the change is likely influenced by the Republican presidential debates, a Reuters/Ipsos poll said on Thursday.

The percentage of Americans who believe the Earth has been warming rose to 83 percent from 75 percent last year in the poll conducted Sept 8-12. Republican presidential candidates, aside from Jon Huntsman, have mostly blasted the idea that emissions from burning fossil fuels and other human actions are warming the planet.

The current front-runner, Texas Governor Rick Perry, has accused scientists of manipulating climate data while Michele Bachmann has said climate change is a hoax.

As Americans watch Republicans debate the issue, they are forced to mull over what they think about global warming, said Jon Krosnick, a political science professor at Stanford University. And what they think is also influenced by reports this year that global temperatures in 2010 were tied with 2005 to be the warmest year since the 1880s.

“That is exactly the kind of situation that will provoke the public to think about the issue in a way that they haven’t before,” Krosnick said about news reports on the Republicans denying climate change science…

While more Americans believe in global warming, the skeptics are becoming more entrenched in their belief that it is not happening. In 2010 the certainty of skeptics was 35 percent, while it was 53 percent in 2011. Again, the Republican climate skeptics are influencing that, Krosnick said.

Ask someone a serious question, someone with a modicum of education and willingness to learn and evaluate information gained by scientific means – and rejected by opportunist looneybirds – and they begin to walk away from conservative political correctness that says human beings should ignore responsibility.

On the other hand…

No matter how much the U.S. medical community repudiates the suggestion by presidential candidate Michele Bachmann that a vaccine for human papillomavirus (HPV) is dangerous, doctors fear the damage has already been done.

Physicians are bracing for more parents to refuse the HPV vaccine, which protects against the most common cause of cervical cancer, for their daughters…

“There are people out there who, because of this kind of misinformation, aren’t going to get their daughter immunized,” said Dr. Kenneth Alexander…”As a result, there will be more people who die from cervical cancer…”

I think we should send the bill for the funerals to the Republican National Committee.

Bachmann first raised the issue during a Republican presidential debate on Monday as a swipe at Republican rival and Texas Governor Rick Perry, who issued an executive order in 2007 mandating girls get the HPV vaccine as part of a school immunization requirement. The order was later overturned.

In that forum, she questioned the state’s authority to force “innocent little 12-year-old girls” to have a “government injection” that was “potentially dangerous.”

The following day, she told NBC’s “Today” show the story of a woman from Tampa, Florida, who approached her after the debate and said her daughter became “mentally retarded” after getting the Gardasil vaccine made by Merck…

“Since the vaccine has been introduced (in 2006), more than 35 million doses have been administered, and it has an excellent safety record,” Dr. O. Marion Burton, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, said in a statement…

Vaccine fears have already fueled recent outbreaks of measles, mumps and whooping cough, according to the CDC…Bachmann’s suggestion that the HPV vaccine may be linked with “mental retardation” only feeds into those fears.

So all you have is the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists — every learned medical organization in the country and indeed around the world — in favor of immunization” versus superstitious populists out to flog every ignoranus rumor, myth and lie to get enough votes together to be the standard bearer for the Party of NO.

RTFA – click the links in each segment. If you’ve gotten this far you’re probably ahead of the millions of Americans who aren’t up to a 6th-grade reading level — but, maintaining that level of stupid is another Republican campaign as backwards as these two.

4 thoughts on “Why do Republicans hate science?

  1. strooth says:

    Republicans hate anything they (1) can’t understand and (2) supports universal understanding and progress. Oh, and (3) might reduce the share value of the corporations they invest in.

  2. klem says:

    This poll was conducted by Reuters/Ipsos? That’s the first problem right off the bat. The people who own Reuters are the Canadian Thompson Group, they own the Globe and Mail newspaper and they also own alot of Green Tech companies. Reuters is a green news service, Reuters is probably the most left biased news service out there, becausee the owners are big Greeny types from Toronto. This poll has no cred.

  3. Gilraen says:

    Republicans are scared of science because it shows that their policies are bad for humanity as a whole and only helps the greedy rich few.

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