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Science Deniers

Should Mitt Romney end up winning this election, as I have said before, it’s going to result in a completely different direction for the country due to the differing “visions” of the two candidates.  I think it’s important to note that there’s really no issue of “right vs. wrong” here — it’s all a matter of values.  The Republican vision, by definition, is one of greed, materialism, self-centeredness, and lack of compassion for others less fortunate than yourself.  There’s no argument to be had here — those are the characteristics that the Republican agenda promotes, and if you vote that way then those characteristics describe you.  Now there’s nothing wrong with this at all — these are just values, and values are neither right nor wrong.

But Paul Krugman reminds us that there’s also something else in play here:

“This is really scary. It means that if these people triumph, science — or any kind of scholarship — will become impossible. Everything must pass a political test; if it isn’t what the right wants to hear, the messenger is subjected to a smear campaign.”

Science in the end trumps everything, and if you deny science ultimately you are doomed.  And there’s no better example than Hurricane Sandy which is ravaging the east coast right now.  The frequency and severity of storms like this are a direct result of man-made climate change.  The science on that is quite clear.  If we as a country do not prioritize climate change and how we are going to deal with it, future generations of Americans are going to suffer dramatically.  This seems like such a no-brainer, and yet Mitt Romney treats climate change as a joke.

It’s one thing to have a greedy and selfish value system.  It’s quite another thing to be a total idiot when it comes to facts and science.  And that’s what is really, really scary about a Romney administration.