Science

I’m Not a Scientist Except When I Am

When pressed on the subject of climate change, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) said he is "not a scientist" and therefore cannot say if climate change is real, but Rubio has no problem citing the science on vaccinations.

Rubio briefly spoke to reporters today and said the science isn't up for debate.

It's not that I disagree with Rubio or several other Republicans who have made similar statements, I'm simply questioning why it is so easy to cite the science on vaccinations but not the science on climate change or even birth control and abortion.

Why is this so easy and the other things so hard?

Perhaps we should knock on wood before Republican presidential hopefuls cast long shadows of doubt and sow distrust in settled science in the name of votes. Things that may not be controversial today could become controversial tomorrow.

  • aynwrong

    The difference for GOP politicians regarding vaccination and say…global warming, is the money. No one is paying them to think otherwise.

  • bphoon

    I’m simply questioning why it is so easy to cite the science on
    vaccinations but not the science on climate change or even birth control
    and abortion.

    Answer: 1) They’re talking to their base. 2) Because GOP politicians are saying what they want to hear, the base either doesn’t have or doesn’t exercise any capacity to think critically or any memory of events more than 24 hours previous. 3) Since that’s true of the base, GOP politicians apparently think the same is true of the rest of us. 4) Even when shown proof of their errors or contradictions, they are inherently unable to admit even the slightest mistake.