The Free Press, Mankato, MN

November 16, 2012

Your View: Conservatives need to embrace the facts

Steve Bohnenblust, Mankato

— Nov. 9, The Free Press published the results of its climate change survey. An astounding 41 percent answered yes to “Baloney, there isn’t one shred of proof on climate change.”

I’m guessing, because I don’t have “one shred of proof," but I will hypothesize that the bulk of these respondents would self-identify as Republicans, conservatives and/or tea party supporters.

Climate change is not a liberal or conservative doctrine, it is a concern based on the results of extensive scientific inquiry. The data supporting human influenced climate change is strengthening.

We can say the same thing about the data related to evolution. The overwhelming scientific evidence supports evolution as the mechanism for biological change.

We have become polarized by those willing to acknowledge science and recognize fact as opposed to those that discredit science and deny facts that do not fit into some preconceived and rigid notion of how the world operates.

The bad news is that this rigid “conservative” doctrine is inhibiting our ability to deal politically with issues facing us at the beginning of the 21st Century. The good news is that as we become better educated the science phobic, fact denying wing of the Republican party is shrinking, although still quite vocal.

As they retreat into their unique information cocoon this has led to the near extinction of a critically endangered species called the progressive Republican.

Facts aren’t liberal or conservative, although to paraphrase a pundit, reality does seem to have a liberal bias.

P.S. The birth certificate is real, and the earth is round.