Turns out that most of the Republican presidential candidates are both creationists (in one form or another) and climate science deniers (again, in one form or another).
I'm thinking that this will probably turn into an ongoing series. But first let's look at Ben Carson.
CNS News reported this only a few days ago
Dr. Ben Carson, a pediatric neurosurgeon, National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine member, and the author of six best-selling books, said he believes in the six-day creation as described in the Bible and that there is abundant geological evidence there was a worldwide flood.While he's not a "young earth" creationist (whew! that's a relief!!) he does believe that evolution is wrote because of what he reads in the book of Genesis.
On climate science Bloomberg reports:
"There's always going to be either cooling or warming going on," the potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate said in an interview this weekend in Des Moines, Iowa. "As far as I'm concerned, that's irrelevant. What is relevant is that we have an obligation and a responsibility to protect our environment."But we're not cooling. The science says we're warming. Anyway, however smart he may be, he doesn't get that he's got this one terribly wrong. Nor does he recognize the inadvertent truth of this statement:
Carson, a retired Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon, often talks about his medical background and science during his speeches. Pressed on the fact that the bulk of the scientific community believes the Earth is indeed warming, Carson pivoted. "You can ask it several different ways, but my answer is going to be the same," he said. "We may be warming. We may be cooling."
In a speech he gave Saturday night in Des Moines to evangelical conservatives, Carson pointed out the value of data. "The wonderful thing about medicine, when you show data, it changes people's minds," he said. "That doesn't happen in politics."How true, Dr. Carson. How true.
I am thinking that the least we can expect of our elected officials (ALL OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS) is for them to be scientifically literate. And for someone who's pursuing the highest office in the land, it's simply unacceptable for that person to be so ignorant on such basic science.