We’re getting used to U.S. Representative Paul Broun promoting bizarre ideas, but a new amendment of his really takes the cake. Last week, Representative Broun offered an amendment to a commerce appropriations bill that would have forbidden any spending on a National Climate Service. The proposed National Climate Service will conduct research into climate change, but would have been stopped from doing so if Broun had his way.
It’s one thing to say that you don’t think that the available scientific evidence supports the conclusion that human-caused global climate change is taking place. You’d be wrong, but at least you’d be advancing a scientifically testable statement.
What Paul Broun has tried to do is much worse than that. Rather than try to argue that scientific evidence doesn’t support the idea of human-caused global climate change, Broun has simply tried to stop scientific research from taking place. His position on climate science is that the science itself ought to go away, because it keeps on interfering with his belief that human-caused climate change does not exist. It’s a position of willfull ignorance.
What’s even sadder than Paul Broun’s individual choice of ignorance in the face of crisis is that 160 other members of the U.S. House of Representatives chose to join Representative Broun in that choice. They voted for his amendment.
They weren’t all Republicans. Among them were the following 7 Democrats:
The Democrats from these representatives’ districts would do well to rustle up some primary challengers for the 2010 election.