Trump Supporter Ron Johnson Says Scientists Don’t Know What They’re Talking About
U.S. Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, who has declared his support for the Republican presidential campaign of Donald Trump, called his own sort of impromptu scientific conference yesterday. The subject was climate change.
For those people who know something about Ron Johnson, his decision to begin a series of public lectures in science may sound strange. The last time Johnson studied anything academically was when he graduated with a degree in accounting 39 years ago.
Of course, it doesn’t take degree in science to understand what’s happening with climate change generally and global warming in particular. For decades, scientists have been working hard to make global climate data available in multiple forms that can be easily understood by the public in general. All it takes is a little bit of effort, and the willingness to think.
So, when Ron Johnson stood before a microphone and told a crowd yesterday that, “the climate hasn’t warmed in quite a few years. I mean, that is proven scientifically,” it wouldn’t have been fair for voters to dismiss his comments just because Johnson’s education was in accounting rather than in climatology. Instead, we should reject what Ron Johnson said because it’s factually wrong.
It is not at all “proved scientifically” that the climate has not warmed in quite a few years, and Senator Johnson should have known better. After all, just one day before Johnson made his declaration that global warming isn’t happening, the American Meteorological Society issued a new State of the Climate Report with widespread public attention. The report, assembled by a team of over 450 scientists, confirmed that 2015 was the hottest year on record, right after 2014 had broken the previous record for global heat.
The heat didn’t stop in 2015. It’s continued to grow in 2016, which is, so far, even hotter than 2015, according to measurements by the World Meteorological Organization. Every month this year has been the hottest on record. “Another month, another record. And another. And another. Decades-long trends of climate change are reaching new climaxes,” explains World Meteorological Organization Secretary-General Petteri Taalas.
The heat isn’t showing any sign of letting up. The summer of 2016 has been forecast to be hotter than normal almost everywhere in the United States, and cooler than normal nowhere in our country.
The facts are plain. Ron Johnson is wrong. Not only is global warming continuing, but it’s accelerating.
Senator Johnson is spreading misinformation in the middle of a global crisis, for the sake of his political career, which has been propped up by big corporations that profit from the fossil fuels economy.
If Ron Johnson is willing to be dishonest with voters on this issue, what else is he lying to us about?