There are two topics about which opinions largely divide along party lines and about which the left loudly declares science is on their side. The very fact that a topic supposedly driven by science can divide along party lines immediately makes me wary.
In both cases, the left uses a slight of hand technique where they say ‘little A’ is true therefore ‘big A’ is true. (This technique is so common there must be a name for it. They probably teach it in law school.)
In one topic, climate change, they point out the facts that the globe is warming, CO2 is a greenhouse gas, and man burns fossil fuels which produces CO2. All that is ‘little A’. They then draw the ‘big A’ conclusion–therefore man is causing global warming and that’s a problem.
On the topic of climate change, I haven’t wrestled with the science enough to know what’s really true, but the very fact that opinions of intelligent people divide along party lines helps shape my opinion. Also, the left says people who don’t believe man is the problem are stupid and anti-science. But I know that’s not true, so that’s another point against the left’s position.
I also draw on the other topic that’s in a similar situation, evolution from microbe to man. On this topic, I’ve investigated molecular biology enough to see that the claims are specious. (Fifty years ago, we didn’t have enough information to know. Now we do.) In that case, the ‘little A’ is that there are observable small changes due to mutations. True. The ‘big A’ is the conclusion that therefore evolution from microbe to man is true.
I feel that I have enough understanding on the second topic to draw an informed decision (evolution can’t explain our existence). And I see the same pattern in the first topic.
BTW, I’m totally in favor of renewable energy (though I’d prefer the government not subsidize anything). I believe the earth’s supply of fossil fuels is limited, so we should be using this time to find and perfect sources that aren’t limited. Also, even “clean coal” pollutes, so the gradual transition to plausible renewables is welcome.