I’m beginning to wonder if scientific illiteracy is a prerequisite for having a column in the Marietta Daily Journal that references climate change.
Dr. Melvyn Fein’s latest column, “Left locked in deep denial about Obama” follows Don McKee’s columns from last month and Charles Krauthammer’s current absurd syndicated column “Barack Obama and the myth of ‘Settled Science,’” all of whom managed to butcher scientifically demonstrable reality with their bizarre denialist pieces. We have a veritable trifecta of bad information.
In his piece, Dr. Fein actually equated our current understanding of climate change with belief in UFOs. As an academic, Fein should know better. He should understand more than most, the academic discipline and rigor involved in getting a Ph.D. in a particular field of study; which in the case of climate science includes physics, chemistry, geology, astronomy, ecology, oceanography and biology, among others. These scientists aren’t working with mail-order credentials. They aren’t publishing their findings on BlogSpot. They are doing real science.
Dr. Fein should also understand the scientific method. He should know what peer-review means. But by setting climate science and belief in UFOs as equal, he has demonstrated all too clearly that either he skipped all science classes on his way to his sociology degree, or that he understands science and is simply pandering to the gazing populace who choose to stay in the dark.