Two Duke University scientists write about the political controversy over sea-level rise in North Carolina for Earth, the magazine of the American Geosciences Institute. Noting that many Americans hold science in high regard, they continue: "However, just below the surface, there is another America. This America is populated by people who -- on economic, political or religious grounds -- have chosen to reject the consensus of the global scientific community on various topics. They enjoy the innovative gadgets and technological comforts afforded to us by scientific discoveries, but choose to treat science as a shopping trip to the supermarket, picking some conclusions to accept and others to reject at will.
These 'merchants of doubt' arbitrarily and inconsistently divide the sciences into 'good' and 'junk' science depending on their philosophical needs, and work diligently to portray high levels of uncertainty in scientific explanations where little actually exists."
Is Pat McCrory a merchant of doubt? Sounds about right to me. Except when he's being a merchant of special interests, giving away $100 million to a private company for next to nothing in return.