This piece is political but I was surprised by it. It gives me a bit of hope for the future.
Results show risks that deniers in Congress pose to GOP as majority of younger constituents back Obama’s carbon plans.
I won’t go into the partisanship and the complex ideas behind why this is but focus on this bit right here:
A few former Republican members of Congress – and an anonymous congressional aide – have publicly warned the party will lose voters, especially among the young, if it is seen as anti-science.
Obama, who has grown more high-profile about climate change in his second term, has played into those perceptions, calling out Republican climate cranks as “flat-earthers” in his climate speech last month.
At the moment there is no sign elected Republicans are eager for a climate makeover. At a Senate environment and public works hearing this week on climate change Republican Senators freely aired their personal doubts on established climate science and attacked Obama for failing to show “tolerance” to their alternative views.
So does this suggest that anti-science is not being tolerated? Is this a generational thing where the old guard still clings to antiquated ideas and methods while a younger generation is more open to change? I’m not sure. But I see a few clues here — first, that there is insider rumor that the denialist views are causing problems. I’m not sure what to make of that except to think that new staff is not buying into the old dogma. Second, this old excuse about “tolerance” is obvious nonsense when the alternative views make little sense, are not supported by anyone but cranks and non-scientists and that the incoming data are also not supporting them. Time to face reality. Science works.