Oh God, where to start?
Our esteemed Legislature, on Thursday, approved in committee, by 10-1, a bill dissing on climate change, basing the reason for the need for this resolution the certainty among members of the committee, led by Rep. Mike Noel, (R-nuclear industry) that climate change is really part of a global conspiracy to control and limit the population of the world.
Yes, you read that right. Bills in the Legislature are now based on world control paranoia. Condemnations of the Illuminati and discourses on the Protocols of the Elders of Zion will, no doubt, be next.
This sort of anti-intellectual BS is just too obscene to tolerate, and yet Utahns do. My column Sunday deals with this and other things, not the least of which the outrage by climate scientists at Brigham Young University, not to mention the dangers we face when our Legislators get all huffy with the federal government.
Why just BYU? Because scientists at state funded universities know that anti-intellectualism is so rampant at the Legislature that lawmakers would very likely, based on past performance, cut funding out of sheer spite. Anyone out there doubt this?
I know, I know, climate change and global warming are matters of belief, not science.
Still, the letters from those same BYU scientists, one last year, one this week, are public and worth reading, if only for the novelty value. What are facts in the face of determined ignorance, after all?
Here’s links to them both: The letter last year, regarding anti-climate hearings (click)
The letter they wrote this week about the resolution containing conspiracy theories. (click) .
The SL Trib had a story here (click)