• Mitt Romney Gets Some Much Needed Extra Credit in Science

    To the parents of Mitt Romney:

    This letter is to let you know that Mitt has been having a hard time with science for a while now. Why, only last week he paused for a laugh break about rising sea levels during his RNC speech. As the person tasked with helping every student learn and respect the scientific method, I find this kind of behavior clownish and unacceptable. I highly recommend that you find a tutor for Mitt or else he may fail the election year. If you need a recommendation, I know a very smart and nice man who may be able to help Mitt better understand the world around him. Please feel free to call me if you have any questions.

    Signed,

    All the science teachers

    It looks like Mitt Romney may have gotten the tutor he so desperately needed. Scientific American  and ScienceDebate.org sent both Romney and President Obama a pop quiz earlier this summer asking them to answer the top 14 scientific questions facing our nation. Now that their answers are in, it looks like only one of them really went for the extra credit… 

    If you scroll through them quickly, one thing is immediately apparent: Mitt Romney’s team took this very seriously. His answers are longer, they have subtitles, they have bullet points. It’s not just great presentation: The Romney text is substantive, specific, and detailed. Obama’s answers to some of the same questions are single paragraphs that are vague, repetitive (two in a row start with "Since taking office"), and poorly written.

    Mitt Romney science advisers must be a lot better than the guy President Obama has, probably because he went union. Well good for Romney. Hopefully he won't won't have to spend the most unseasonably hot weather we've ever had sweating some third-rate teacher in summer school again. But what's going on with Obama? Maybe he's just being lazy because he knows he doesn't really need the extra credit.

    After reading Romney's answer on global warming, it seems clear that quantity took precedence over quality

    I am not a scientist myself, but my best assessment of the data is that the world is getting warmer, that human activity contributes to that warming, and that policymakers should therefore consider the risk of negative consequences. However, there remains a lack of scientific consensus on the issue — on the extent of the warming, the extent of the human contribution, and the severity of the risk — and I believe we must support continued debate and investigation within the scientific community.

    Romney is right. He isn't a scientist. His "best assessment of the data" shouldn't be part of the scientific consensus, much like scientist's "best assessment of the data" apparently aren't part of his policies.

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    Tags: Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Science & Technology

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