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A few folks in a comments thread at Joe.My.God. had suggestions for why so many scientists might be Republicans:
"Margin of error?"
"They graduated from Liberty University?"
And more seriously:
"Petroleum engineering accounts for nearly the whole 6%."
"and Ben Carson was a brain surgeon.In any field I think there will always be a number of people that are smart enough to find an interest in the science and to pass exams, but not necessarily be able to understand the broader implications. Also like black and gay republicans, there are those whose selfishness overrides every other motivation."
There are literally more Republicans in Congress who deny climate science than there are published scientists who feel the same way.
(from Friendly Atheist: "Do 97% of Scientists Really Agree on Climate Change? Nope. It’s More Like 99.9%, Says Expert".)
James Lawrence Powell, the executive director of the National Physical Science Consortium, explains that the 97% figure omits many published papers -- two-thirds of the ones considered -- that implicitly accept the reality of human-caused climate change.
Out of 24,210 articles on “global warming” or “global climate change” or “climate change”, only 5 rejected anthropogenic global warming. Only one of those five papers has been cited by another author, and that only once. 'Nuff said.
The 6% figure comes from a 2009 Pew Research Center report. It contrasts with 23% of the public identifying as Republican. 35% of the public and 55% of scientists were Democrats.
Only 9% of scientists identified as conservative; 52% as liberal.
Coverage at HuffPost (updated 2013), plus a slideshow of ten "Politicians' Science Gaffes" (all Republicans): http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/07/10/only-six-percent-of-scien_...
Anyone know who created this? I've found it, unattributed, in a few places on the web. Maybe someone has better google-fu....
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