Wednesday, October 8, 2014
agree that climate change is due to human activity, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) pleads ignorance due to the fact that he's not among their ranks. In an interview with the Cincinnati Enquirer, McConnell said, "We can debate this forever. ...I'm not a scientist. I'm interested in protecting Kentucky's economy." McConnell does have doubts about whether climate change is real, due to the fact that there are those–like himself–who are doing nothing about it: "If you felt that was a big problem, you would think everybody in the world would be interested in going down this path, but I don't see any evidence of it so far." McConnell is also among fellow Republicans who use the "I'm not a scientist" cliche to justify harming the Earth, including Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, Florida Governor Rick Scott, U.S. Senate Candidate Joni Ernst, and House Speaker John Boehner. The National Climate Assessment was written by scientists to help members of Congress understand the issue. Donald. J Wuebbles, coordinating lead author for the 2013 assessment report, said, “Personally, I don’t think it proper for any American to use that argument [that they're not scientist].” That doesn't seem to bother McConnell and his fellow Republicans, who evidently haven't gotten around to reading the report.