https://www.eenews.net/eenewspm/2018/11/26/stories/1060107365 (Subscription required)
By Christa Marshall, E&E News reporter
Published: Monday, November 26, 2018
The release of the National Climate Assessment has sparked a new line of attack — and a Twitter war — about the phrase “I’m not a scientist.”
Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), who has pushed a “Green New Deal” on Capitol Hill, fueled the social media debate by slamming conservatives who have used the phrase on television to question climate science. Ocasio-Cortez’s criticism, which was repeated on social media by Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), climate scientists, journalist Dan Rather and political organizations, suggests it could be a renewed talking point from the left.
“Has anyone else noticed that ‘I am not a scientist’ is the new cliché prelude for lobbyists & fossil fuel interests to slip in climate denial pseudoscience on live television?” Ocasio-Cortez asked. Her comment was retweeted more than 6,000 times.
Marc Morano, a former Republican political aide who distributes a newsletter questioning climate science, said that for years, non-scientists like Al Gore and Leonardo DiCaprio were given generous media time and demanded climate action from the government.
“Now that we have a president who is climate skeptic, suddenly the left only believes that scientists who agree with the U.N.’s climate views are qualified to speak about global warming,” Morano said.