Newt Gingrich and Mittens have been banging on a while with mockery over the President Obama’s support for algae as a biofuel.
That’s the development underway largely by big oil, and supported by the government, among a range of alternative energy sources, of growing algae and converting it into fuel. We’ve written about a scientist who built a lamp fueled by algae that absorbs CO2 and how it is also being developed as a possible protein food source.
But the presidential hopefuls are getting big laughs from the GOP base just by saying the word ‘algae.’ Not just them, it was a GOP talking point and there was coordinated mockery from conservative pundits and other politicians. Gingrich is still at it.
Two little problems with this, caught on tape:
Is mocking science seen as a winning position for the Republican Party?
Here’s what former GOP Presidential candidate Jon Huntsman said last year:
“The minute that the Republican Party becomes the party – the anti-science party, we have a huge problem. We lose a whole lot of people who would otherwise allow us to win the election in 2012,” he told ABC’s “This Week.”
“When we take a position that isn’t willing to embrace evolution, when we take a position that basically runs counter to what 98 of 100 climate scientists have said, what the National Academy of Sciences has said about what is causing climate change and man’s contribution to it,” he said, “I think we find ourselves on the wrong side of science, and, therefore, in a losing position.”
Unfortunately, Huntsman found himself at 1% last December and to please the GOP base, changed his tune:
…Huntsman said he still supports the idea of a scientific consensus but is not yet endorsing the conclusion that climate change is happening and caused by human activity.
We’ve been here before. In the 2008 campaign, Obama was mocked for suggesting that one way (of many) for reducing energy needs was keeping tires properly inflated for fuel economy. This led to tire irons being waved around to much hilarity at McCain rallies. Obama said at the time:
“It’s like these guys take pride in being ignorant.”
All this while China is steaming ahead with new alternative energy developments.
Should the rest of the world be concerned about anti-science, frankly speaking, idiots possibly completely taking over the world’s superpower?
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