|Check your politics at the Lab door|
|Written by Kristin McMurray|
|Thursday, 16 December 2010 14:36|
Fox News Washington Bureau Chief Bill Sammon is under fire this week for asking reporters to be skeptical about climate science. But we've known from the UN banning Phelim at the Cancun Climate Change Conference to the SEJ cutting off his mic in Wisconsin that reporters are guilty of not asking hard questions of climate change.
But what about the scientists? Scientists are supposed to achieve a higher level of thinking, separated from emotions and only deterred by cold, hard facts. Surely, they're not afraid to ask hard questions and can resist the urge to give into their personal political beliefs. Not so, according to a recent article in Slate.
In the scientific community, only 6 percent affiliated themselves with the Republican party, while 55 percent affiliated with Democrats. In short, science is suffering from a lack of ideas, skepticism, and healthy debate within the community. As the article accurately pointed out:
During the Bush administration, Democrats discovered that they could score political points by accusing Bush of being anti-science. In the process, they seem to have convinced themselves that they are the keepers of the Enlightenment spirit, and that those who disagree with them on issues like climate change are fundamentally irrational. Meanwhile, many Republicans have come to believe that mainstream science is corrupted by ideology and amounts to no more than politics by another name.
Sounds like it's time to diversify in the scientific community. Any scientists want to lone a girl a beaker?
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