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Trump-Pence would be disastrous for U.S. public health.

September 14, 2016

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  Joseph Lachman, 9/13/2016 The Trump-Pence ticket is a threat to the health to everyone living in the U.S., and perhaps the world. Their policy proposals and stances regarding crucial public health issues are at best naive, and at worst, completely wrong. We’re not going to waste time here arguing about a lot of the […]

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The question we should ask politicians (or anyone) when discussing controversial issues

January 2, 2016

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Try asking yourself this question, and others to avoid useless bickering.

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Climate Change: Another politician (incorrectly) thinks volcanoes pollute more than cars

April 11, 2015

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“I believe that humans can have an impact to climate change, but I don’t think it’s anywhere near the level of impact of just the natural progression of our planet,” Huebsch said. “You know, the elimination of essentially every automobile would be offset by one volcano exploding. You have to recognize the multiple factors that […]

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Why talking to the US Congressional Science Committee about climate change is admirable, but futile

September 23, 2014

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Last week, Dr. John Holdren, science adviser to the White House, spoke before the Congressional Committee on Space, Science, and Technology about climate change, but they weren’t listening. Republican Representative Steve Stockman: “How can you take an element which you give to the credit for the collapse of global freezing and into global warming but […]

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Rush Limbaugh said that humans “couldn’t destroy the ozone layer”

September 9, 2014

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“We couldn’t destroy the ozone layer.” – Rush Limbaugh on August 10, 2005 making a scientifically false claim he tried to back up with a debunked theory about volcanic activity, and claiming that environmental science is a liberal/democratic plot. His exchange with a caller: “CALLER: So you don’t believe in global warming? LIMBAUGH: No. CALLER: […]

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Politician and scientists can work together: “I’m not a scientist either but I can use my brain and I can talk to one.”

September 9, 2014

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In response to Republican Governor Rick Scott’s refusal to acknowledge or deny climate change, in July of 2014 Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist said, “I’m not a scientist either but I can use my brain and I can talk to one.” This is the kind of response we hope to hear from politicians regarding scientific issues. […]

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Ronald Reagan said, “Trees cause more pollution than automobiles do,” ignoring trees’ conversion of CO2

September 7, 2014

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“Trees cause more pollution than automobiles do.“ “The American Petroleum Institute filed suit against the EPA [and] charged that the agency was suppressing a scientific study for fear it might be misinterpreted… The suppressed study reveals that 80 percent of air pollution comes not from chimneys and auto exhaust pipes, but from plants and trees.” […]

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John Boenher in 2009 says CO2 is not harmful, says in 2014 that he is “not qualified to debate the science over climate change”

September 3, 2014

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“George, the idea that carbon dioxide is a carcinogen that is harmful to our environment is almost comical. Every time we exhale, we exhale carbon dioxide. Every cow in the world, you know, when they do what they do, you’ve got more carbon dioxide.” – Rep. John Boehner (R-OH), Chairman of Congressional Committee on Education and Workforce, […]

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Rep. Ralph Hall doesn’t understand the climate: “I’m really more fearful of freezing. And I don’t have any science to prove that. “

September 1, 2014

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First of all, please note that Texas Congressman Ralph Hall was the chairman of the Congressional Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, and is a current member of the Chamber of Energy and Commerce.   In response to the question: Do you think climate change is causing the earth to become warmer? “I can’t say it doesn’t have […]

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Sen. James Inhofe doesn’t think humans’ actions can affect their environment

September 1, 2014

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“Well actually the Genesis 8:22 that I use in there is that ‘as long as the earth remains there will be springtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, day and night.’ My point is, God’s still up there. The arrogance of people to think that we, human beings, would be able to change […]

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