Sunday, September 20, 2015

Gosar snubs the Pope

If you are religious, you might see the score as God 1, Gosar 0.

EJ Montini at The Republic/azcentral.com looks at it from a different scientific vantage point.

[Gosar is a] climate change denier.

He’d probably call himself a "skeptic," but that isn’t the right word. As a group of scientists wrote not long ago there is a different between skepticism and denial. They said, "Proper skepticism promotes scientific inquiry, critical investigation, and the use of reason in examining controversial and extraordinary claims. It is foundational to the scientific method. Denial, on the other hand, is the a priori rejection of ideas without objective consideration."

The pope, based on the scientific consensus, believes there is a connection between human behavior (in part our use of fossil fuels) and the changing climate.

The congressman said the pope is advocating "flawed climate change policies." He said he was dismayed that the pope in a teaching document "condemned anyone skeptical of the link between human activity and climate change."

Again, it's not skepticism. It's denial.

I will let your religious faith tell you whose side God is on when it comes to Gosar snubbing the pontiff.

But as far as the science goes, I’d side with the pope over the politician.

Pope 1, Gosar 0. But for denialists with the support of big fossil fuel money, the game is not over.

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