Hillary Clinton Has A Suggestion For GOPers Who Say They “Aren’t Scientists”
When the topic of climate change and other scientific topics comes up, many GOPers like to deny that it exists, with the caveat that they are “not scientists.”
For instance, last year, Mitch McConnell said “I’m not a scientist. All I can tell you is that country after country after country, given a choice, between pursuing this goal and their own economic growth are choosing economic growth. I’m not interested in handicapping Kentucky’s economy in pursuit of a crusade that no one else is following. It makes no sense.”
Marco Rubio, now a complete and total climate change denier, once said “I’m not a scientist. I’m not qualified to make that decision. There’s a significant scientific dispute about that.” For the record, there is not.
Jeb Bush when asked if he believed in climate change, has said “I’m a skeptic. I’m not a scientist. I think the science has been politicized.”
Florida Governor Rick Scott, Bobby Jindal, Joni Ernst and others have made similar assertions.
During a town hall event in New Hampshire on Tuesday, Hillary Clinton offered some advice to these confused Republicans–the answer, she said, is to “Go talk to one.“
It shouldn’t be all that difficult to figure out, and yet somehow it is. Somehow, these people cannot figure out that just because they, personally, cannot figure out the answer to a question, that the answer may still exist and could easily be answered by an expert in that field.
Let me tell you. I am not a scientist either. I hated science class. Hell– I still have bad science film-strip flashbacks. One of the best things about my life today is that I will never, ever, be asked to dissect a goddamned owl pellet again or, ideally, give any thought to what owls are regurgitating whatsoever.
But, this is exactly why I would prefer that people who actually are scientists be listened to instead of idiots like myself. Scientists believe in climate change, and that is good enough for me. It should also be good enough for Mitch McConnell and Marco Rubio and anyone else who has not devoted their life to this field of study. There’s a reason we have experts in different fields rather than each person individually trying to figure this stuff out on their own.
The thing is–the facts are in. At this point, they might as well just say “Look, I get that climate change exists, and maybe we are ruining the planet forever, but I feel like making sure that rich people get richer is just way more important than that!” Be honest! There’s no use in pretending otherwise, and it just sounds silly.