Galileo before the Holy Office, a 19th century painting by Joseph-Nicolas Robert-Fleury. Photo source: Wikipedia
Legislative proposal would actually tell scientists which data they can and can’t consider on rising sea levels.
Since as far back as the Scopes Trial (and probably even Galileo), the debate over science has been at the crux of numerous political and cultural conflicts between progressives and conservatives.
For a variety of reasons: fear, greed, ignorance and religious orthodoxy to name just a few, many (but certainly not all) conservatives have frequently resisted science and the advances it has brought about in comprehending the universe and our place in it…
North Carolina Tries To Wish Away Sea Level Rise, Guardian UK
Some lawmakers will go to great lengths to deny the reality of climate change. But this week, North Carolina lawmakers reached new heights of denial, proposing a new law that would require estimates of sea level rise to be based only on historical data—not on all the evidence that demonstrates that the seas are rising much faster now thanks to global warming.
Galileo Galilei showing the Doge of Venice how to use the telescope, Villa Andrea Ponti. Fresco, 1848. Photo source: Wikipedia