04 Jan '12, 3pm

Newt Gingrich, ‘amateur paleontologist,’ knows science better than you

Sure, there's overwhelming consensus among climate scientists (and scientists in a host of other fields) that climate change is for realsies. These are people with doctoral degrees, decades of experience, high-end instrumentation, and mountains of data -- but are any of them amateur paleontologists ? Newt Gingrich is , and that means he knows they're wrong, and so there. At a town hall meeting here Saturday afternoon, Gingrich delivered his neatly segmented remarks on taxes, regulations and an overarching economy, but when asked to explain his position on global warming, he delivered a new line. “I’m an amateur paleontologist,” Gingrich said. “I spend a lot of time looking at the Earth’s temperature for a very long time. I’m a lot harder to convince than just looking at a computer model.” It's not totally clear what Gingrich means by "amateur paleontologist" -- he has dino...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/list/2012-01-04-newt-gingrich-amateu...

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