Republicans and Science, Part I

I can’t help but think that Republicans don’t like or respect science anymore. It might be a misunderstanding of what science is, or an attempt to appear more mainstream or the belief that many scientists are liars with an idelogical bent, but either way I think there is a pattern.

Today’s example is Rep Joe Barton’s (chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee) attack on the MSM ‘hockey stick’ papers that the IPCC cite. RealClimate has a good wrap up of what’s going on and Promethesus blog has some good background to where this dispute comes from.

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