Climate change and creationism are straw men in the conservative/liberal divide.
The number that kept getting cited was about only 10% of humanities and social science professors are Republicans. Some of those other 90% may or may not be conservative, so let’s just stick with Republicans, shall we?
According to 2016 Pew data, only 20% of Republicans believe “global climate change is a very serious problem.” Only 24% of Republicans believe that climate change is harming people now. A 2015 Pew report showed that 70% of Republicans don’t believe the Earth is warming due to human activity.
I’m not sure how you can call that a straw man in this conversation. A majority of Republicans simply do not believe science. Anyone who wants to bring anti-scientific thinking to college campuses can, frankly, fuck off. I don’t feel the need for the inclusion of professors who teach a bunch of Republican jibber-jabber. I would prefer professors who teach facts and critical thinking.
In my view, the problem is that even 10% of college professors are Republican. I hope that number is lower among young college professors, because the entire Republican party platform is dumb and antiquated.