A study came out conducted by the Pew Research Center that found only 6 percent of scientists to identify themselves as Republicans. This really isn’t surprising considering the GOP has become the party of anti-science dogma, such as the denial of evolution and human-caused climate change even in the face of overwhelming evidence and scientific consensus (97 percent of climate experts agree global warming is due to human activity). Furthermore, a 2012 Gallup Poll identified 58 percent of Republicans to be Young Earth Creationists, including Georgia’s Paul Broun. There is a great irony here. If the earth was in fact 9,000 years old as Broun suggests, there would be no fossil fuels to expedite global warming.
The average GOP representative receives about five times the amount of contributions from oil and gas companies than the average Democrat according to opensecrets.org. Gas, oil, coal and electric companies have donated over $3.8 million in campaign contributions to GOP committee chairmen, and these are the same guys that deny scientific consensus with zero reputable counterevidence and vote tirelessly to strip environmental regulation.
The recently elected chair of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee, Lamar Smith (R-Texas), denies anthropogenic global warming. However, the 2011-2012 drought brought about because of climate change has caused severe economic losses in Texas and endangering the state’s water supply. Smith has received $500,000 from the oil and gas industry. Fred Upton (R-Michigan) is the chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee and used to accept man-made climate change as a scientific fact, but he has since changed his stance to align with his colleagues. Upton sponsored the Energy Tax Prevention Act which if it had passed would have permanently prevented the EPA from limiting climate change pollution. Upton has received $1.2 million dollars from the oil and gas and electric utilities industries.
For years, scientists have warned of an increasing frequency of extreme weather conditions such as prolonged droughts, tornados and hurricanes that result from excessive greenhouse gas emission, and the massive droughts through the Midwest and South and hurricane damage from Sandy have cost families their homes, farmers and businesses their profits, individuals their lives and the federal government hundreds of billions of dollars. Clearly there is a conflict of interest clouding the GOP’s common sense, reputation and morality.