Rick Perry, as Galileo Galilei:
In last night’s Republican debate at the Reagan Library, Texas Governor Rick Perry invoked the persecution of Galileo to argue that climate change skeptics will one day be vindicated in their denial of human-induced climate change.
If Galileo were live blogging the debate, he would have typed, “rofl!”*
The moderator twice asked him which scientists or theories he did find compelling — i.e., who exactly is the Galileo of climate change denialism? — and he could not answer. Of course, the Galileo analogy is ludicrous to begin with.
First off, it was the Church that persecuted Galileo, not the scientific community.
Second, climate change deniers are not persecuted anyway, by the Church, the National Science Foundation, or anyone. They’re free to conduct their studies, publish their results, and shout them from the rooftops. In fact, the mainstream media gives them a megaphone far bigger than their numbers deserve, often giving them as much airtime and credence as the 98 percent of climate scientists who do acknowledge the human role in climate.
“… reminds me of mentally unbalanced criminals who compare themselves to Jesus because, well, Jesus was persecuted in his time, too.”
What’s more, the denialists are well funded by corporate interests with a huge financial stake in uncovering evidence against climate change, if it exists. The fact that they have failed to find anything compelling enough to outweigh the ever-mounting data collected by (much poorer-paid) university scientists testifies to the weakness of their case.
It’s time they took personal responsibility for their lot, rather than blaming it on outside forces — that’s a Republican value, isn’t it?
Perry’s pretending he believes that his climate change denialism will be vindicated on some unknowable future day reminds me of mentally unbalanced criminals who compare themselves to Jesus because, well, Jesus was persecuted in his time, too.
Sure. One day Rick Perry will be proven right over 1,300 climate scientists. If you just believe it hard enough.
*(rolling on the floor, laughing)