Republicans who say they’re not scientists are creating an escape hatch on global warming
You’ve probably noticed that Republican politicians increasingly have been prefacing their remarks on global warming lately with the disclaimer that they’re not scientists.
What you may not have noticed is that this stratagem is a way of mapping a path these pols can take if and when they have to backtrack on the issue of climate change.
Extremists like Sen. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma have denied themselves any such path. Inhofe has long since declared that global warming is a “hoax” and that God will save us all from any climate-change ravages.
But if the proverbial crap hits the fan, climate-wise, the not-a-scientist guys can always say they’ve finally become convinced that, hey, this global-warming stuff seems to be real after all. By then, most of their constituents will have forgotten their fealty to the polluters who have financed their campaigns.
There’s more on this matter HERE:
As the New York Times reported, the “I am not a scientist” or some variation thereof has become the automatic statement when Republicans were questioned about climate change during the 2014 midterm campaigns. In the past, Republicans openly questioned or flat-out denied all the science behind climate change, but since recent polls show that the majority of citizens accept the fact that climate change is real and man -driven, and furthermore support policies crafted to slow or halt the process — Republicans have found it increasingly difficult to continue to deny it.