Sunday, February 09, 2014

Unscientific Left

I am often called unscientific and a climate change denier by those who don’t even know about prior warmer periods: the Eemian, only 125,000 years ago, and the Holocene, Minoan, Roman, and Medieval within the past 10,000 years. 

I thought of the unscientific left when I read an article in the Press Democrat about Sebastopol opposing fluoride in drinking water. The American Dental Association says that water fluoridation is “the single most effective public health measure to prevent dental decay,” and world and US health organizations all support it. 

Also endorsed by prestigious world and US science and health organizations, and opposed by many northern California liberals: geneticallymodified organisms (GMO) and immunizations. 

Supported by those same liberals, although debunked by scientific and health organizations: natural supplements; organics; complementaryand alternative medicine such as homeopathy, acupuncture, and chiropractic. None of the purported benefits of these alternatives are supported by rigorous scientific studies. "There is really no such thing as alternative medicine, just medicine that works and medicine that doesn't." 

For example, a recent Stanford study found that organic food is no more nutritious than food grown using pesticides and chemicals – and won’t benefit your health. 

Fracking is moving the US towards energy independence, reviving manufacturing, and actually reducing CO2 emissions compared to non-fracking Europe. Nuclear energy, such as could be provided by liquid fluoride thorium reactors – which do not produce weapons-grade materials or long-life nuclear waste – would answer all the requirements for inexpensive, reliable, non-polluting energy that environmentalists desire, and which wind and solar won’t, yet liberals are afraid of a phantom, not the reality, of the next generation of nuclear energy. 

As they text while driving and sipping bottled water, causing accidents and environmental damage, they wallow in self-adulation.