A fight is being waged to ensure the science behind global warming is taught in US schools as some states move to wipe it from the curriculum. Is the United States raising a new generation of climate-change deniers?
See, those evil climate-change deniers are waging a war on science
Brandie Freeman is a high school science teacher in the southern US state of Georgia. She recently opened her mailbox one morning to find something unpleasant lurking inside: A book, ostensibly a teaching guide, with the title “Why Scientists Disagree About Global Warming.”
Oh the horrors! An unpleasant book, cleverly disguised as a “teaching guide” lurking, maybe even stalking poor Brandie Freeman!
Oh but there is more
It wasn’t entirely a surprise. Freeman had a heard about the publication – produced by the Heartland Institute, a climate-change denial group with links to the fossil fuel industry – from fellow teachers. The group has reportedly sent out 25,000 copies to teachers around the country in March, and plans to send out 200,000 in total.
AHA!!!!!!!! Wait did I use eight exclamation points? Of course I did, I must warn all of you that there might be “teaching guides”, with links to, the evil fossil fuel industry lurking in your mailbox, waiting to make you question climate change science. If you encounter such a thing lurking in your mailbox run away! And remember comrades that climate change science is settled! It is scientifically settled scientific science. But back to poor Brandie Freeman
Freeman says most of her colleagues in “more liberal” states chucked their copies “straight in the recycling bin.” But in Georgia, which she describes as “very conservative,” Freeman felt the book posed a real danger.
Danger, oh yes comrades! Dangerously dangerous danger! If students are allowed to question the scientifically scientific science of climate change, well they might do some research on the subject. Research leads to questions, which leads to more questions, and eventually to thinking!
“As soon as you just even open the door to your students that there is doubt among scientists – which there isn’t – then that allows them to have the seed planted that they can go to these climate-skeptic websites.”
See, there will be no thought seeds planted on Brandie Freeman’s watch!
Watching this video, I wonder if Cuomo knows he is a journalist, and not an activist
Oh Chris, Chris, Chris, you buffoon. No, 99% of scientists do NOT agree that man is causing climate change. Perhaps Cuomo could shut his condescending mouth and do some research?
Cuomo should really get off his emotionalistic high horse and do some actual research
Bill Nye “the science guy” says in a video interview released Thursday that he is open to the idea of jailing those who deviate from the climate change consensus.
Asked about the heated rhetoric surrounding the climate change debate, such as Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s previous comments that some climate skeptics should be prosecuted as war criminals, Mr. Nye replied, “We’ll see what happens.”
“Was it appropriate to jail the guys from Enron?” Mr. Nye asked in a video interview with Climate Depot’s Marc Morano. “We’ll see what happens. Was it appropriate to jail people from the cigarette industry who insisted that this addictive product was not addictive, and so on?”
“In these cases, for me, as a taxpayer and voter, the introduction of this extreme doubt about climate change is affecting my quality of life as a public citizen,” Mr. Nye said. “So I can see where people are very concerned about this, and they’re pursuing criminal investigations as well as engaging in discussions like this.”
Mr. Nye’s comments come with a coalition of liberal attorneys general pursuing companies that challenge the consensus of catastrophic climate change. Critics fear the campaign could chill research and free speech.
Virgin Islands Attorney General Claude E. Walker raised concerns about a government crackdown on dissent when he issued a subpoena last week to the free market Competitive Enterprise Institute for its climate-related research and documents.
About about the potential for a “chilling effect,” Mr. Nye said, “That there is a chilling effect on scientists who are in extreme doubt about climate change, I think that is good.”
“The extreme doubt about climate change people – without going too far afield here – are leaving the world worse than they found it because they are keeping us from getting to work. They are holding us back,” Mr. Nye said in a post on Climate Depot, a project of the free market, nonprofit Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow.
Mr. Morano interviewed the star of the 1993-98 PBS television show “Bill Nye the Science Guy” in New York in advance of the May 2 theatrical release of “Climate Hustle,” which takes a skeptical look at predictions of climate change disasters.
The film, along with a panel discussion, was scheduled for a screening Thursday in the House Science, Space and Technology Committee.
H/T Weasel Zippers