Paul Krugman, of The New York Times, points out that the G.O.P. has become "the anti-science party" and that this should terrify the American people.
Mr. Perry, the governor of Texas, recently made headlines by dismissing evolution as "just a theory," one that has "got some gaps in it" -- an observation that will come as news to the vast majority of biologists. But what really got people's attention was what he said about climate change: "I think there are a substantial number of scientists who have manipulated data so that they will have dollars rolling into their projects. And I think we are seeing almost weekly, or even daily, scientists are coming forward and questioning the original idea that man-made global warming is what is causing the climate to change."
That's a remarkable statement -- or maybe the right adjective is "vile."
The second part of Mr. Perry's statement is, as it happens, just false: the scientific consensus about man-made global warming -- which includes 97 percent to 98 percent of researchers in the field, according to the National Academy of Sciences -- is getting stronger, not weaker, as the evidence for climate change just keeps mounting.
|Lawyers: America's Declaration of Independence Was Illegal|
|Fubar: When Cats and Dogs Go To War|
|Another Republican Lawmaker Busted for Forwarding Racist Obama E-mails|
|U.S. Intelligence Analyst Arrested in Wikileaks Video Probe|
|Americans Petition the White House to Build the Death Star|
|How to Avoid Jury Duty|
|“Google isn’t liable because it is nothing and nowhere and endless.”|
|The Growth of Corruption Reporting Websites|
|Japanese Robot Serves Ice Cream From Inside a Vending Machine|
|“The world’s first hydrogen-powered train.”|
|"Emotional-processing software has gotten so good that ad companies are looking into 'mood-targeted' advertising."|
|“The first-ever driverless mass transit test program.”|
|“Rubbish waste is now so prolific it will become fossilised.”|
|Hit "Insert Coin" Twice and Play Google Pac Man With Two Players|
|The (Very Scary) People of Public Transit|
|“People talk about bankers being amoral. They are starting to talk about tech people in similar language.”|
|“Rejuvenation is Finally an Industry.”|