Conservative Hypocrisy – Or Ignorance – On Parade

Conservatives have done it again, making another huge mistake in supporting another so-called “expert” who actually ends up hurting more than helping their cause.

Conservative science-deniers are applauding from coast-to-coast at the news that a prominent theoretical physicist and contemporary of Einstein at Princeton called out conventional wisdom regarding climate change in a recent interview with The Register.

In short, Dr. Freeman John Dyson stated his belief that the climate models being used by scientists to predict global warming are getting worse, not better, and he claims that while carbon dioxide may – in fact – be contributing to global warming, its effects are far more good than harmful.

Conservative media is rallying around this information, with news organizations and websites such as Fox News and Breitbart all singing songs of praise for Dr. Dyson.

For instance, the Independent Journal Review ended their report, writing: “If anything, Dyson’s disputation of man-made global warming just adds to the list of scientific voices who are bucking the received ‘consensus’ on temperatures.”

In putting Dr. Dyson in the spotlight as a “famed,” “top” scientist, “one of the world’s greatest theoretical physicists,” they are standing behind his credentials.

But here’s the thing, they either overlooked – or ignored – one key piece of information: Dyson supports President Obama’s Iran Deal – the latest conservative target, second only – possibly – to Obamacare.

As The New York Times reported in August, Dyson was one of “Twenty-nine of the nation’s top scientists — including Nobel laureates, veteran makers of nuclear arms and former White House science advisers” who “wrote to President Obama on Saturday [August 8, 2015] to praise the Iran deal, calling it innovative and stringent.”

The New York Times continued, reporting that “the letter uses the words ‘innovative’ and ‘stringent’ more than a half-dozen times, saying, for instance, that the Iran accord has ‘more stringent constraints than any previously negotiated non-proliferation framework.”

“As scientists and engineers with understanding of the physics and technology of nuclear power and of nuclear weapons, we congratulate you and your team on the successful completion of the negotiations in Vienna,” the two-page letter reads in its opening to President Obama, adding that the Iran deal “will advance the cause of peace and security in the Middle East and can serve as a guidepost for future non-proliferation agreements.”

The letter concluded with the following observations and praise:

As  you  have  stated,  this  deal  does  not  take  any  options  off  the  table  for  you  or  any  future  president.  Indeed  it  will  make  it  much  easier  for  you  or  a  future  president  to  know  if and  when Iran heads for  a  bomb,  and  the  detection  of  a  significant  violation  of  this  agreement  will  provide  strong,  internationally  supported justification  for  intervention.

In  conclusion,  we  congratulate  you  and  your  team  on  negotiating  a  technically  sound,  stringent  and innovative  deal  that will  provide  the  necessary  assurance  in  the  coming  decade and  more  that  Iran  is  not  developing nuclear  weapons,  and  provides  a  basis  for  further  initiatives  to  raise  the  barriers  to  nuclear  proliferation  in  the  Middle  East  and  around  the  globe.

So there you go! It seems conservatives support the Iran Deal after all!

Goodbye…

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FOOTNOTE 1: The Iran Deal is known officially as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, and is the international agreement regarding Iran’s nuclear program that was signed in Vienna on 14 July 2015 by Iran, the European Union and the P5+1 countries – the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council – China, France, Russia, United Kingdom and the United States – plus Germany.

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