And so we continue with our look at the anti-science idiots the Republican Party has stuffed into the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.
Randy Neugebauer – probably most famous for his “Baby killer!” comment directed at Democrat Bart Stupak, during discussion of the patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. He’s also supported the building of the secure fence between the US and Mexico and firmly believes that marriage is “between one man and one woman.” He’s also consistently voted in favour of big oil companies, especially on bills concerning climate change, clean energy and emissions.
More worryingly, he’s one of those that doesn’t know his own history. He claims that “The Pledge of Allegiance reflects the truth that faith in God has played a significant role in America since the days of the founding of our country.” The problem with this, of course, is that the words “one nation under God” were only added to the Pledge in 1954. This is also the man who drafted a resolution for Americans to “join together in prayer to humbly seek fair weather conditions” after a series of destructive tornadoes and droughts. Because God totally does science, or something.
Micheal McCaul – He’s apparently the wealthiest member of Congress, worth some $290 million… which just goes to show that anybody can be a politician in the US, as long as you’re stinking rich. He’s another rampant pro-lifer, having voted against health care bills that include abortions. He’s also voted for preventing minors traveling to other states to have abortions. He voted against preventing job discrimination based on sexual orientation and also against enforcing anti-gay hate crimes.
He’s also voted in favour of continental shelf oil drilling and against the regulation of greenhouse gasses, limits on CO2 pollution, tax incentives for clean and renewable energy sources. He also voted against protecting free-roaming horses and for deauthorizing “critical habitat” for endangered species.
Paul Broun – Ah, the moron who started this all off. This is the man who says the Earth is 9,000 years old and that evolution, embryology and the Big Bang are “lies from the pit of Satan,” designed to keep people away from Jesus. As Bill Nye says, “He is completely unqualified to make decisions about science, space and technology.”
And yet, here he sits on this committee.
He’s also accused President Obama of being a Marxist and a socialist, and caused a stir when he didn’t respond appropriately to an audience member who asked him, “Who is going to shoot Obama?” preferring to say instead, “The thing is, I know there’s a lot of frustration with this president.”
And to cap it all, he’s another climate change denier, going as far as to say that, “Scientists all over this world say that the idea of human-induced global climate change is one of the greatest hoaxes perpetrated out of the scientific community. It is a hoax. There is no scientific consensus.” 97% of climate experts would disagree with him, however.
Sandy Adams – Still no respite from the stupidity. Adams supports having public-school science teachers offer lessons on “theories that contradict the theory of evolution.” So somebody sitting on the science board, wants theology taught as science. She’s against putting a price on carbon emissions, using the usual “but what about the cost to the economy” and “why should we do it, if India and China won’t’ arguments. And she’s one of those behind a call to “reprioritise” NASA by cutting its funding for climate research.
Ben Quayle – Yes, Dan’s son. Which alone should be enough to disqualify him from any kind of public form. National Journal has called him “the Most Conservative Member of the House of Representatives.” He’s another that’s voted for drilling and against the regulation of pollutant gasses and he also dismissed climate change with an airy, “Our planet has warmed and cooled since the beginning of time.” The good news is that this chump lost his primary, so won’t be returning.
Chuck Fleischmann – Looks like he hasn’t made too many outspoken anti-science claims (but he is from Tennessee, so one can only imagine what his personal beliefs are). He is pro-life and against gay marriage. He’s voted for continental shelf drilling and in favour of barring the EPA from regulating greenhouse gasses.
Scott Rigell – Another pro-lifer, who’s against gay marriage and is even in favour of granting heterosexual couple a tax break. He also opposed the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” He also voted for terminating funding of NPR and probably most damningly, he supported the horror show that is Paul Ryan’s budget.
Steven Palazzo – He’s the chair of the sub-committee on Space and Aeronautics. He supports off-shore drilling, and is against taxing greenhouse gasses.
Mo Brooks – No, no relation to Mel. He’s the chair of the sub-committee on Research and Science Education. An avid pro-lifer, who wants tyo refund all funding for anything to do with abortion and fetal stem cells, he’s also a climate change denier – one who doesn’t even know the difference between “weather” and “climate” if this is anything to go by:
“Would it be fair to say then, that in the scientific community, it literally is asking too much of them for them to be able to tell us whether 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 years from now, Earth’s temperatures are going to be warmer or cooler, much like it is pretty unreasonable to ask a meteorologist whether we’re going to have rain in Washington just 2 or 3 weeks from now?”
Then again, the chair of the Science Education sub-commitee also doesn’t seem to know much about carbon-dioxide either:
… to the extent that we have higher levels of carbon dioxide. That means that plant life grows better, because it is an essential gas for all forms of plant life. Does that mean I want more of it? I don’t know about the adverse effects of carbon dioxide on human beings.
So, another 8 down, and once again, there’s not one amongst them that would appear have any interest in even basic science. But saying that the Republicans are waging a war on science is as ridiculous as saying they’re waging a war on women… oh… snap!