We found our copy of "The Republican War on Science" by Chris Mooney so that we could look up its publication date — 2006. This 255-page book is thoroughly researched and documented with 61 pages including 254 notes. Now, after about two years of the Donald J. Trump administration, Mr. Mooney would have to write a multi-volume, encyclopedia-long book with the same title.
This war on science mentality pervades every level of government controlled by Republicans. Conversely, respect for science, and indeed scholarship in all disciplines, is more prevalent at all levels of government controlled by Democrats. This political party stark division is most prominently on display in the controversy over global climate change. This “controversy” is not among climate scientists. It is yet another example of Republicans waging war on science — in this case on climate science.
I do not understand why there is a political divide over a scientific issue based on shared knowledge. Climate change is a life or death issue for numerous ecosystems and their resident species. Climate change is a survival of civilization as we know it issue. Climate change is a test of whether planet Earth can survive its so-far unfavorable dominion by Homo sapiens.
If you think that I am exaggerating the threats of climate change, read what our own federal agency scientists say in the recent Fourth National Climate Assessment. For us midwesterners, see the predictions for the Midwest — a summary: hotter, wetter, more humid.
Herman Brockman, Congerville