Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Science Under Attack in America - The Ostrich Theory
What happens to a country that stops believing in science? Nothing good.
Does an ostrich putting its head in the sand really avoid the predator coming up behind it? Does putting our heads in the sand on an issue that will impact future life bode well for the survival of the human race?
Science is under attack in America. As this article points out, teaching of climate change science has been attacked by people who would rather dismiss it as a "hoax" then deal with the facts, and find a solution/s.
The "hoax" crowd ignore the fact that the earth is now populated with 7 billion people and billions of emission sources. We are no longer a few cavemen with fires that existed when the last ice age ended 10,000 years ago. Facts show that we are breaking a warming/cooling pattern that has existed for over 800,000 years. We are losing our polar ice caps that keep temperatures from turning us into a hothouse like the planet Venus.
Why is it only in America we have deniers - but not so among conservatives in other countries? Do they realize that if they are WRONG about our impact on climate that it will be their children and grandchildren who will pay the price in an overheated planet? A dead planet is the ultimate job-killer.
If the proponents of climate change prevail, we can minimize the damage by taking action now. If the skeptics of climate change prevail, then doing nothing until its too late will imperil life as we know it on this planet.
Which is worse?
See the article, and take action -- if not for yourself then for your children: