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Bobby Jindal and the Science Deniers


Bobby Jindal is not a scientist, man.

At a prayer breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor this morning, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal said the Obama administration is filled to the brim with “science deniers” who are “holding our economy hostage” by not harnessing every available domestic energy resource. Jindal went on to cite the Keystone XL pipeline as a job creator the Obama administration is allegedly blocking but, according to the State Department’s analysis, the pipeline would only create 50 permanent jobs after construction is complete.

To say that the Obama administration is refusing to utilize every available resource is a dubious accusation to make and one that some liberals would dispute as they oppose the president’s “all of the above” energy policy, but I digress.

At the same event hosted by the Christian Science Monitor, Jindal was asked by reporters if he believes in evolution and his response was to say that he’s not a scientist.

The reality is I’m not an evolutionary biologist,” the Republican governor and possible 2016 presidential hopeful told reporters at a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor.

“What I believe as a father and a husband is that local schools should make decisions on how they teach,” he said. “And we can talk about Common Core and why I don’t believe in a national curriculum. I think local school districts should make decisions about what should be taught in their classroom. I want my kids to be exposed to the best science, the best critical thinking…”

Bobby Jindal is very concernedBobby Jindal wants kids to be exposed to “the best science” unless the best science involves man-made global warming and climate change, and he says “the best science” on either should be presented alongside competing theories.

Jindal also says that we should “let the scientists decide” if man-made global warming and evolution is real, and given that scientists have decided that both are real, there should be no controversy, right?

There shouldn’t be, but Jindal wants to have it both ways. Jindal says intentionally-vague things in an attempt to accept the science and deny the science at the same time, and he does this while accusing the Obama administration of being “science deniers.”

As Sahil Kapur at Talking Points Memo points out, Jindal did study biology at Brown University. He may not be a scientist, but he knows enough to know that he is full of shit.

Governor Jindal was a supporter of Common Core education standards up until the point that he wasn’t. Jindal personally signed Common Core into law in the state of Louisiana, but Common Core has become a proxy for attacking President Obama and “big government” even though neither the president or big government created it. Common Core was created by a bipartisan group of governors and educators.

The superintendent of Louisiana public schools and the state legislature have lined up against Jindal in his new push to dismantle the Common Core standards he lobbied for and signed into law. Because he’s not a scientist, man.

  • Christopher Foxx

    “The reality is I’m not an evolutionary biologist,”


    The reality is I’m not a particle physicist, but I have no doubt the universe is made of atoms. The reality is I’m not a geologist, but I have no doubt earthquakes exist.

    • Nefercat

      Yes, and Bobby? You are not a climate scientist either, but you and your gibbering colleagues have no problem claiming that you know more about climatology than most of the world’s climate scientists.

  • DetroitSam

    I used to subscribe to the Christian Science Monitor but had to let them go when I realized that their primary speakers at their bacon n’ egg fests were right-wing republicans and other nut-baggers.

  • muselet

    “The reality is right now we’ve got an administration in the Obama administration that are science deniers when it comes to harnessing America’s energy resources and potential to create good-paying jobs for our economy and for our future,” Jindal said. “Right now we’ve got an administration whose policies are holding our economy hostage.”

    I know the word “gibberish” gets tossed around a lot, but no other word fits. And his gibberish about Common Core and local control of the school curriculum is, if anything, more incoherent.

    Bobby Jindal should never again be taken seriously on any subject.


    • bphoon

      I never have taken Piyush seriously. First, you look at him then he opens his mouth: all seriousness flees. The only person who truly takes Piyush Jindal seriously is Piyush Jindal.

  • Nefercat

    Remember (if you are old enough) the schools and schoolbooks of the 50s and 60s? Okay, maybe not much diversity, but remember the pride in America? Remember how we had to be good in math and science to keep our nation strong? Remember how teachers were respected? Because they were going to make sure that you were educated when you grew up? And then in the 60s, remember how we were going to put a man on the moon by the end of the decade? And as little kids, we had to study hard and do our homework? Math and science were very important and part of what made our country the best in the world?

    Okay, I know a lot of things were dreadful back then (including in schools) and in so many ways we are much better off. But my main point is that for ordinary middle middle class Americans, math and science and teachers were to be respected and education was not only important, it came close to being your duty as an American, and as you bettered yourself, you would better America.

    Now teachers are held in contempt as lazy moochers. Science and math must be forced and twisted into fitting some wackaloon faux-biblical christianist bullshit model of the universe. Educated people are elitists who can’t be trusted (because they think science and math can stand on their own).

    When a huge piece of the other side’s stance is that math and science, and history and literature for that matter, are the enemy, it seems to me that something is unfixable. There is no common ground on which to base a discussion.

    • Christopher Foxx

      Saw Neal deGrasse Tyson speak recently and he cited the example of Islam:

      From 800-1100 Baghdad was a center of learning, one of the greatest periods of advancement of human understanding the world has ever seen. In mathematics (algebra and the zero), medicine, astronomy (2/3 of all named starts have Arabic names), etc. etc. etc.

      Then the idea that everything that happened was “the will of Allah” took firmer hold and scientific inquiry all be stopped. Why bother wondering why an apple falls from a tree? It’s the will of Allah that it do so.

      Consequently, for example, with 1.5 billion Muslims in the world (about 23% of the world’s population) only 3 scientific Nobel prizes have been awarded to Muslims, around 1/2 percent. By comparison, there are 15 million Jews (1/100 the Muslim population) and 26% of scientific Nobel prizes have been awarded to Jews.

      Tyson’s main point is that the US is following exactly this place-dogma-over-inquiry path.

      At the current rate, the US will not be a world leader in well under 100 years.

  • Brutlyhonest

    …he knows enough to know that he is full of shit.

    Almost as good as your previous, “… documented piece of shit.”