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Climate denier Friday (2 of 2)!: Congress about to get dumber

by: Eric B.

Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 11:02:47 AM EDT

Mike Bishop:

“I don’t doubt that the climate is changing, but I do not believe that the sole source of climate change is due to man,” said Bishop, a former state Senate majority leader from Rochester. “I believe it’s a cycle and that we’ve seen this over the thousands of, the millions of years of the existence of this planet.”

Well, I can say that Mike Bishop isn't a Young Earth Creationist, so at least he's got that going for him. He believes the Earth has existed for millions of years (actually it's billions, but what are three zeros between friends).

Tom McMillin:

When the moderator asked McMillin if he believes the climate is changing, he dryly replied: “The climate is different today than it was yesterday and it will be different tomorrow than it was today.”

He's talking about weather here, in case you missed it.

Please pass the antifreeze. I would like to begin guzzling it.

Eric B. :: Climate denier Friday (2 of 2)!: Congress about to get dumber
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Why don't they ever follow up?
When you see a climate-denier quote in the media it almost never accompanied by anything like this:

"When asked why he believes that climate change is part of a natural cycle and not primarily due to man, Bishop replied that he has read studies from creditable scientists. When asked why he believed those studies are correct and the studies that support man-induced climate change are incorrect, Bishop said his office would respond later. A follow-up call to Bishop's office was not returned."

Why do we almost never see anything like this? The answers may include: 1) reporter's ignorance; 2) lack of column/air space; 3) editorial choice to focus on the controversial quote instead of exploring the issue; 4) media attitude that scientific details are too boring to attract eyeballs.

Regardless of what the answer is, its a disservice.

I agree, markrich...


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Why don't the ever follow anything up?
You can ask this about really any issue, but it's going to be worse about climate change because the science has been so far removed from political coverage. It reminds me an awful lot of sports reporting, which is so focused on scores and highlights that sports journalists often miss real, genuine news taking place under their noses ... like the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

Among the Trees

[ Parent ]
Asking follow-up questions
is evidence of liberal bias.  

[ Parent ]
I don't believe that antibiotics work.
Of course, I am neither a microbiologist nor a biochemist, and I have no idea how they are supposed to work, but it just doesn't make sense to me that taking some pills could kill something inside me that I can't see anyhow. So I'm going to vote against NIH giving any money to researchers to work on new antibiotics.

In what other field could anyone get away with crap like this? Creationism, I suppose. And I imagine there is a big overlap between climate deniers and creationists.

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