Saturday, May 31, 2014

I'm Not a Scientist

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Recently a group of national-level politicians has recklessly embraced a “I’m not a scientist” mantra in order to avoid any meaningful dialogue about global climate change, its impacts, and steps we should be taking to mitigate its effects. Hiding behind a shield of “I’m not a scientist” is cowardly, incurious, and irresponsible.

Dear "Leaders" — We’ve entrusted you to represent the best interests of "We the People" in a mature and honorable manner. Your ignorance (real or feigned) should not be an excuse for inaction on global climate change (or any other issue you may find distasteful to your privileged status). Avoiding the consensus of thousands of scientific experts and the overwhelming abundance of climate data collected from around the world is criminally negligent and morally bankrupt.

Sadly, we elected you, so a portion of the blame lies with us. We deserve better, but it appears we’re willing to settle for mediocre charlatans who force us to fiddle while the planet burns.

“At every crossroads on the path that leads to the future, tradition has placed 10,000 men to guard the past.” — Maurice Maeterlinck, Author

“Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.” —Daniel Patrick Moynihan, US Senator

“If you’re scientifically literate, the world looks very different to you, and that understanding empowers you.” —Neil deGrasse Tyson, Astrophysicist

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