Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Think scientists are above politics? Think again.

The blog Voices for Reason has an informative entry about a scientist-turned-politician: newly appointed Secretary of Energy Dr. Ernest Moniz.  The title of the post says it all: "A scientist betrays his profession".  The specific topic is global warming; note Moniz's attitude in this excerpt:
“Let me make it very clear that there is no ambiguity in terms of the scientific basis calling for a prudent response on climate change,” Moniz said. “I am not interested in debating what is not debatable,” he continued. “There is plenty to debate as we try and move forward on our climate agenda.”
To which blog author Amanda Maxham counters:
Let me translate for you: his authority is not debatable. Disagreeing is futile, because no matter what the evidence shows, he is not willing to look at it. Evidence, observations and discussion will be dismissed out of hand. And he certainly won’t be asking your opinion when it comes to implementing policies that make your energy expensive, inefficient and scarce. After all, it’s “not debatable.”  These are not the words of a scientist but of a dogmatist wielding political power.
It's a good post; check it out here.