Here it is, 47 years since the first Earth Day in 1970, and WE would like to invite folks to re-visit our 2012 post about that. Earth Day proponents fiercely resist any connection between the timing of the holiday and Vladimir Lenin's birthday, but the reality is that environmentalism has been a "tool in the toolbox" of politicos for a century - very clearly so.
In 2013 we wrote about the crushing emotional burden of environmental guilt, and the green washing of a young mind (see here). It's unhealthy for the planet and its cosmic passengers that reason, math, and the official earth sciences have been dumbed down and unraveled by earth worship ideologues, so destructive and partisan.
WE were pleased to see that AGW believer, UW professor Cliff Mass, raised concerns about the danger of politicizing science on his blog:
Friday April 21, 2017 - Cliff Mass Blog
On Saturday, thousands of people around the country will take part in a March for Science. There will be a lot of well-meaning folks participating, most of them concerned about the activities and intent of the current administration.
But for reasons I will outline below, I believe they will be harming science more than helping. They will feel better for sure, but they will do little to advance the cause they care about, and possibly do long-term harm.
(1) The Science March is overly political and endangers the relationship between science and society.
Science play a critical role in civic life, acting as non-political source of information about the the natural environment and as the generator of useful technologies. Scientists are credible only when their information is considered unbiased and not politically motivated. The lack of political bias is why both sides of the aisle have supported the nation's large scientific establishment over many years.
The Science March is clearly political and is an attempt to put pressure on the Trump administration. It will be seen as political by everyone and particularly those it means to pressure. Furthermore, the major concern driving this march is not science in general, but of the Trump administration's appointments and future actions regarding climate science and fossil fuel regulations.
(2) The Science March Makes Science a Target
The march will identify supporters of science as being against the Trump administration, putting a big target on the back of the U.S. science establishment.... (continue)