Lawmakers like science that pays
I recently completed an astronomy course at the Journey Museum. It was a very interesting course that delved into some of the most complex science, namely particle physics and astrophysics.
One of the classes featured a professor from the School of Mines who is involved in the study of neutrinos at the Sanford Lab. During his talk, he included a photo of the groundbreaking for the Sanford Lab. As the professor talked about the attendance of our governor and congressional delegation at the groundbreaking, I couldn't help but think about the irony. While in Washington our congressional delegation has consistently professed that some science - such as climate science - is bogus. On the other hand, the science at Sanford Lab brings federal money into the state, therefore it is acceptable for now.
This is how Republican logic works, but as astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has said, “The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it.”