For NYT’s columnist and Nobel Prize winner Paul Krugman (SLTrib 30 Aug 2011), anti-science among Tea Party Republicans is a concern:
[Rick] Perry, the governor of Texas [and Republican candidate for President], recently made headlines by dismissing evolution as “just a theory,” one that has “got some gaps in it” — an observation that will come as news to the vast majority of biologists. But what really got people’s attention was what he said about climate change: “I think there are a substantial number of scientists who have manipulated data so that they will have dollars rolling into their projects. And I think we are seeing almost weekly, or even daily, scientists are coming forward and questioning the original idea that man-made global warming is what is causing the climate to change.”
Perry, who’s campaign dangerously blurs the boundaries between religion and politics, should be a major concern to all Americans. With the increasingly rapid advances in science and technology, this country can ill afford to have a President who doesn’t get it.
Politicians and religious leaders should be taking the lead in helping their constituents and members deal with the rapid acceleration in knowledge, not telling them that its fiction. How are we as a nation going to stay at the forefront if we can’t deal with change?
Rick Perry may be niave (who knows), but there is clear evidence that Mitt Romney is pandering. His views on global warming seem to be evolving toward those of canididate Perry. As governor of Massachusetts he had real concern. Now, he thinks the world may be getting hotter, but “I don’t know that” and “I don’t know if it’s mostly caused by humans.”