What is it with the intelligent design (ID) people and climate change?
I can understand the attacks they make on evolutionary science. After all, that is meant to be there reason for existence.
But why the attacks on the science of climate change? This seems to be organised and consistent. There must be a reason for it.
Washington post op-ed
Last Friday the Washington Post published an opinion piece/commentary (Climate panel on the hot seat) attacking the findings of climate science. Not a scientific commentary, but a political attack. After all, it was written by H. Sterling Burnett, a senior fellow of the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA). This is a free-market think tank which represents the interests of big business, including oil companies like Exxon. The NCPA has received $465,900 from ExxonMobil between 1998 & 2006 (further details at Exxon secrets wiki).
Naturally the NCPA wants to discredit the science of climate change, and current policy recommendations, because they conflict with the interests of their sponsors.
Inevitably these sort of op-eds get picked up and repeated by the climate change deniers and their media, including their blogs.
But why the ID people?
The internet trail
Within hours the Washington Post opinion article was repeated by Bill Dembski’s Uncommon Descent blog (Climate Panel on the Hot Seat). Then quickly by Christian News New Zealand- a local web site promoting ID (Climate panel on the hot seat).
Why are the evolution deniers taking in the laundry of the climate change deniers? I have yet to see any reciprocity here. The Climate change deniers aren’t publicly doing the ID laundry.
I can speculate. Here are some possibilities:
- Both the ID people and the climate change deniers have a conscious tactic of attempting to discredit scientific findings? Probably natural as their positions generally are discredited by scientific data.
- Both sets of deniers use the reinterpretation research method – searching for evidence they can reinterpret to fit their preconceived prejudices? They seem to consciously use this method to misrepresent scientific findings and to mine for quotations that can then be used, out of context, to support their views.
- They both have the same backers – Christian fundamentalist with deep pockets who are unhappy about modern science and modern society?
I’m not discussing the science behind climate change here – after all, neither do the ID people or climate change deniers.
I’m just intrigued about the links between these two groups and the apparent commonality of their motives.
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