First, Ed and I have had a little back and forth on climate change. It’s probably tedious to some of you; I believe it is a massive threat worthy of a massive response. Ed believes it is vastly overrated and a plot by big government and rich liberals to raise energy prices and impose a lifestyle of want on those who cannot afford the gas guzzlers and private jets of their oppressors. I like Ed. He’s smart, and often right about politics. But, on this one, he’s in bad company. A recent study of the psychology of people who doubt science has this to say:
“Although nearly all domain experts agree that carbon dioxide emissions are altering the world’s climate, segments of the public remain unconvinced by the scientific evidence. Internet blogs have become a platform for denial of climate change, and bloggers have taken a prominent role in questioning climate science. We report a survey of climate-blog visitors to identify the variables underlying acceptance and rejection of climate science. Our findings parallel those of previous work and show that endorsement of free-market economics predicted rejection of climate science. Endorsement of free markets also predicted the rejection of other established scientific findings, such as the facts that HIV causes AIDS and that smoking causes lung cancer. We additionally show that, above and beyond endorsement of free markets, endorsement of a cluster of conspiracy theories (e.g., that the Federal Bureau of Investigation killed Martin Luther King, Jr.) predicted rejection of climate science as well as other scientific findings. Our results provide empirical support for previous suggestions that conspiratorial thinking contributes to the rejection of science. Acceptance of science, by contrast, was strongly associated with the perception of a consensus among scientists.”
Ouch. Ed: renounce the dark forces. Before it’s too late!
Now, Sen. McConnell. He is the toughest, meanest politician I have ever observed. His hatchet-men have hatchet-men. He’s old school. If you cross him, you won’t end up drunk and then dead in a carbon monoxide haze, as happened to one of Frank Underwood’s opponents on the Netflix series, but you won’t know what hit you. Take one of the senator’s latest fights. Ashley Judd apparently thought about running for McConnell’s seat. While she was ruminating, McConnell had her annihilated. Somebody made a tape of the senator and his operatives talking about how to trash Judd’s mental health and religious beliefs. These kind of meetings are standard, if unseemly when played back. But no worries. In the same news cycle, a Democratic official came forward and said that the tape had been made by a Democratic group. The whistle-blower told Fox News he was ratting out his own party members, “to protect the Democratic Party.” Really? Do I detect the hand of the master in all this?