On Friday’s Special Report, Charles Krauthammer was asked to comment on a widely reported anecdote about Interior Secretary Sally Jewell:
In an agency-wide address to employees Aug. 1, (Interior Secretary Sally) Jewell took the unusual step of suggesting that no one working for her should challenge the idea that human activity is driving recent warming. “I hope there are no climate-change deniers in the Department of Interior,” she said.
Krauthammer said that he didn’t consider the her attitude to be necessarily totalitarian – just “shockingly arrogant and anti-scientific.”
The idea that science is closed, that science is settled and that anybody who brings evidence or questions is somehow a flat-earther is appalling.
Freeman Dyson, who is one of the great physicists of our time, he’s a climate skeptic, he has more IQ in his pinky than the entire political echelon of the EPA put together, and they are saying this man is a scientific illiterate? The entire idea of science is that you are open to contrary evidence, it is the definition of a scientific theory. And particularly, climate science which is young, it’s new, built on all kinds of assumptions, and data which contradicts each other — the idea that it is a closed issue is incredibly unscientific and arrogant and that these bureaucrats and political hacks are decreeing this, I think is scandalous.
True enough. But had Dr. K seen this story today, he might not have waved away the suggestion that the EPA is yet another manifestation of the Regime’s totalitarianism.
Via Washington Times:
EPA chief Gina McCarthy said Wednesday that the Obama administration is finished waiting for Congress to act on climate change and plans to bypass the legislative branch in developing a federal response.
Ms. McCarthy, who was confirmed last month as Environmental Protection Agency administrator, cited President Obama’s June 25 speech at Georgetown University, in which he unveiled his Climate Action Plan and vowed to make combatting climate change a priority of his second term.
Mr. Obama gave “what I really think is a most remarkable speech by a president of the United States,” said Ms. McCarthy in remarks at the University of Colorado Boulder.
“Essentially, he said that it is time to act,” she said. “And he said he wasn’t going to wait for Congress, but that he had administrative authorities and that it was time to start utilizing those more effectively and in a more concerted way.”
Sounds pretty totalitarian to me.