30 May '14, 6pm

Republicans confirm they don’t know squat about science

Republicans confirm they don’t know squat about science

John Boehner’s Flickr feed House Speaker John Boehner — not a scientist GOP politicians are using a new tactic when they talk about climate change: playing dumb. As the Huffington Post reports , House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) told journalists on Thursday that he’s “not qualified to debate the science over climate change” — but he does know that Obama’s “prescription for dealing with changes in our climate” involves hurting the economy and “killing” American jobs. This isn’t a wholly new approach, as Climate Progress point out : “I’m not a scientist,” said Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) in 2009 , his first in a long line of statements denying climate change. “I’m not sure, I’m not a scientist,” Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY) said of climate change in 2010 (Grimm changed his mind on the issue this past April). The tactic is an interesting (and seemingly effective) way for politicia...

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