Two Science Deniers Will Chair Government Science Committees January 16, 2015

Two Science Deniers Will Chair Government Science Committees

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) is on a long list of politicians who are politely — and wrongly — referred to by media organizations as science “skeptics.” He, for instance, thinks he knows more than 97% of climate scientists on the “so-called scientific theory” of climate change (spoiler alert: it’s not real!); plus, you know, it’s cold out in winter, so the earth can’t be warming, amirite?

And while these beliefs, in conjunction with his government-closing chronic-ACA-repeal-advocating antics, might make him a “gold mine” in the eyes of comedians, they should absolutely disqualify him from being considered a serious voice on matters of science.

If you’re going to call Cruz an expert on science, you might as well call Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) an expert on climate change, despite him denying it and telling one interviewer he’s “not a scientist, man.”

Don’t tell that to GOP leadership, however, since these science deniers just got promoted to some top science posts in government.

Cruz is set to chair the Senate Subcommittee on Space, Science and Competitiveness, while Rubio will lead the Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard.

Because we all win when the people making the decisions for agencies like NASA have no respect for the scientists in those fields…

I suppose it’s not surprising that the party that promotes a hatred of government in order to get elected to government would place science deniers in charge of committees overseeing science programs… but it’s very bad news for those of us who don’t live in a bubble of wishful thinking.

It’s yet another reason why it’s important to challenge the label “skeptic” as applied to fact-deniers: You’re not a skeptic if you ask a question like “How old is the earth?” You’re just ignorant. And people that ignorant shouldn’t be making decisions about scientific and research programs.

(via PolicyMic. Image via Christopher Halloran /

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