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The crazy show continues

After last night’s votes to slash unemployment benefits and deny Medicaid to people in need (and the follow-up votes that will take place today), you might have thought there would have already been enough wackiness for one week on Jones Street.

WRONG!

Actually, the fun is just beginning! Check out the following from the good people at the Sierra Club to see what’s on tap for tomorrow:

“John Droz, former real estate agent, fellow of the right-wing American Traditions Institute, and science advisor to NC-20 (the coastal group which backed notorious Sea Level Rise bill last year) will be addressing invited members of both chambers this Wednesday at 11:00 am in the auditorium at the General Assembly.   Mr. Droz’s presentation at the opening of the 2013-14 session raises the question as to if Wednesday’s presentation represents the face of science for the new legislature. The invitation to the talk, “Science under Assault”,  was sent to members by Rep. George Cleveland are reads in part:

“Colleagues: Some of our most pressing issues are in the environmental and energy areas. North Carolina’s policies on these matters should be based on genuine Scientific assessments. Unfortunately, in many cases this is not true. We have special interest groups and political agendas that get in the way.”

As of now, it is unclear if the presentation is open to the public.  However, it appears that the presentation Mr. Droz will be giving on Wednesday is already online at: http://www.slideshare.net/JohnDroz/science-under-assault Mr. Droz has a history of trying to discredit renewable sources of energy.  Many of his slideshow presentations can be found by clicking here and his resume can be found by clicking here.

6 Comments


  1. Will Hurley

    February 5, 2013 at 9:49 am

    It’s unfortunate that the cut and paste of quotes and headlines from conservative, non-scientific, publications is now considered evidence of intellectual rigor by the Republican party. “No-nothings” defines them.

  2. love my state

    February 5, 2013 at 9:50 am

    i’d say mr. droz is the poster child for special interest groups and political agendas that get in the way of scientific assessments.

  3. JeffS

    February 5, 2013 at 10:00 am

    I would like to hear the self-proclaimed backwoods scientist apply the same argument to coal or natural gas.

    On second thought, I suppose I really would not. Still, the cherry-picking of information is obvious and the maturity level of his slideshow is shocking. That this is will be well-received by his legislative attendees is even more indicative of the intellectual vacuum that so many are ready to celebrate.

  4. david esmay

    February 5, 2013 at 10:21 am

    NC will once again be the subject of ridicule, and rightfully so.

  5. Donna

    February 5, 2013 at 11:02 am

    In my mind it is unthinkable that legislators would give this man the tax payers time and listen to 155 slides of partisan drivel.
    When we have issues like low-income seniors in special care units being denied reimbursement for their care, the legislators take the time to listen to someone speaking about the merits of and discrediting science??? Hope this gentleman enjoys his prescription medications and medial advancements.
    Unbelievable!

  6. david esmay

    February 5, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    The NC GA would have been better served listening to a great show on “All Things Considered” today. Real scientists discussing the impact of coastal development and the cost both monetarily and environmentally.
    Instead we get an elected body whose goal is to promote scientific ignorance, deny scientific history and peer reviewed research, and bring further embarrassment to our state in their march backwards.

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