A blast from the past

Well, after his great concession speech, I was prepared to cut McCain some slack. Little did I know, McCain was to rear his head again, this time to, once again, go on the attack against science. You may recall from an earlier post that McCain mocked important research into grizzly bears in Montana and Palin went after important fruit fly research. Well, now McCain is going after fruit fly and lobster research. Apparently he thinks $212,000 is too much for research that continues to yield treasures of information on genetics and how to protect important fruit crops, a return on investment that far exceeds the minutiae he is whining about. From the article:

The specific earmark in question was requested by Rep. Mike Thompson (D-Calif.). The money was for a lab set up by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Europe to study emerging threats from insects. “The Olive Fruit Fly has infested thousands of California olive groves and is the single largest threat to the U.S. olive and olive oil industries,” said Thompson. “The research facility is located in France because Mediterranean countries like France have dealt with the Olive Fruit Fly for decades, while California has only been exposed since the 1990s.”

Well, now wait. Maybe McCain’s derisive and mocking antiscience stance is a nefarious scheme to take revenge against California for helping to elect Obama. Nah, I suspect he just doesn’t know what he’s talking about and is using his ignorance to rail against real progress. I’m glad we elected the right guy.


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