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NCSE's Newton on creationism and climate change denial

"What do creationists and climate change deniers have in common?" asks NCSE's Steven Newton, writing in the May 2012 issue of the American Geoscience Institute's magazine, Earth. "The answer to the riddle is that creationists and climate change deniers have a lot in common — most especially in their assertions about science itself," Newton explains: "What it boils down to is that creationists and climate change deniers both reject central principles of science on ideological, religious and political grounds. Moreover, they deny not just these principles, but also the idea of science itself as a way of knowing about the world." Both reject well-established scientific techniques, such as radiometric dating or computer modeling. And both "have taken their case to the public in a way that distorts and misrepresents the nature of science." But, he concludes, "[i]n a world where evolution and climate change are increasingly important to our economy and lives, science is something worth defending."