“Let the Scientists Decide That”

Ah, Bobby Jindal: always pushing the envelope of the outrageous.

Check out this comment he made in releasing a “Drill Baby Drill” energy plan (per TPM’s Sahil Kapur):

At a breakfast for reporters Tuesday hosted by the Christian Science Monitor, the Republican governor attacked President Barack Obama for not fully taking advantage of the United States’ fossil fuel and energy resources.

“The reality is right now we’ve got an administration in the Obama administration that are science deniers when it comes to harnessing America’s energy resources and potential to create good-paying jobs for our economy and for our future,” Jindal said. “Right now we’ve got an administration whose policies are holding our economy hostage.”

The “science deniers” line of attack mirrors that of progressives against Republican lawmakers who don’t accept the broad scientific consensus that climate change is real and man-made.

When asked for examples, Jindal cited the administration’s resistance to approving the Keystone pipeline and recent rules to establish strict limits on pollution from coal-fired power plants.

“It’s not controversial to say human activity is contributing in some way to change,” he said. “In terms of how much it is and how serious it is, I say let the scientists decide that. Let’s not have politicians decide that.”

Gee, how’s that going to work? Will it involve, say, Chevron scientists telling us we don’t need to worry about climate change, meaning the politicians can’t do anything about it?

Betcha the authorities at New College, Oxford, are daily regretting the degree they bestowed upon this dude, who daily applies his intellectual gifts to the worst kind of yahooism.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.