I was all set to write a lovely blog post about something sciency and then I saw this. It's truly disturbing just how misguided some of the representatives who seek to control science funding and regulation in this country are.
Slashdot pulled out this quote from Rep. Rohrabacher:
My analysis is that in the global warming debate, we won. There were a lot of scientists who were just going along with the flow on the idea that mankind was causing a change in the world's climate. I think that after 10 years of debate, we can show that that there are hundreds if not thousands of scientists who have come over to being skeptics, and I don't know anyone [who was a skeptic] who became a believer in global warming.
wtf I don't even
Yes, I did intentionally run off the end of a sentence there.
OK, here's my problem with this: not only does Rep. Rohrabacher not understand the science he's talking about, but he's making up false facts to support his opinion. If he can present valid sources to back up his story, then sure, I'll listen, but I'm fairly positive that "we can show that that there are hundreds if not thousands of scientists who have come over to being skeptics" is an outright lie. That sort of thing should be a cardinal sin for a politician in a democratic society.