Salon.com has an article by Andrew O'Hehir about "The Republican War on Science," to quote a book title by Chris Mooney. Here's a sample: "...Affluent big-business conservatives and pro-life "moral values" conservatives (mostly middle class or working class) may have opposing economic interests...But they share an urgent desire to undermine public confidence in science, if necessary by manufacturing illegitimate doubt or creating, as Mooney puts it,"a semblance of controversy where it doesn't actually exist."
America has a long-standing bias against intellectual pursuits. This is just the tide at the full, the pendulum swung all the way to the right. Please, let it swing back soon!! Before we are all the victims of ignorance, against which, as the saying goes, "the gods themselves contend in vain."