by Rob Crawley
Amid invocations of “ClimateGate,” House Republicans have voted to abandon the work of this leading, and celebrated, international scientific body, which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. The vote was 244-179, with Republicans charging that the IPCC would receive an undeserved $ 13 million in the president’s next budget. I’m not clear on the true funding amount because I’m seeing contradictory figures–but it’s clearly tiny in the context of total federal spending.
Making sure the IPCC gets no money from the US. That’ll stop the world from warming. Mooney makes the best point:
It’s pretty staggering that we’re now at a point where the most definitive outlet for information about the state of the climate is being not only rejected, but defunded, on partisan grounds.
Typical of denialists – If they can not deny the facts, they try to deny the ability to learn anything more. If Nature comes up with things they do not want to hear, they take their money home and plug their fingers in their ears.
Skeptics are not afraid of new information and welcome the ability to gain further understanding. Denialists are afraid of new information and wish no further understanding.
The political leaders of the day thought that if they could get Galileo to shut up, things could return to normal. His famous words “Eppur si muove” describe the inabiity of political pressure to turn back the tides.
I guess we can paraphrase this by stating “And still it warms!”
The inhabitants of Cargo Cult Worlds do not want to know anymore. They already know all they need to and more facts might just make them uncomfortable.
To help maintain their denialism, they just work to make sure no new information can disturb their world.
That is the hallmark of an inhabitant of a Cargo Cult World. They do not want to see any further facts discovered or any new research. Their very worldview prohibits further investigations of the natural world, all while they deny the data already discovered.
This way they can live in a safe simulacra of the real world, one whose falsity provides them with the comfort they yearn for.
Just more indications of how we have elevated stupid people – see Carlo Cipolla’s essay on The Basic Laws of Stupidity for the relevant definition. His description of a failed society becomes more obvious with every passing year.