It appears that have been misconstrued. When he says "he represents the conservative viewpoint," it appears that some believe that he was referring to political ideologies, like Conservative and/or Liberal. I think what Dr. Barke meant was that he accepted the conservative view of Global Warming, in that, as a scientific hypothesis, or theory, that it is not a proven fact, until it is, well, proven. "Settled Science" appears to be the newly minted term for proven. Has science fallen so far that we arrive at scientific conclusions through committee and/or consensus, or worse yet, by governmental fiat? Would Einstein's Theory of Relativity been accepted if it had been taken up for a vote?
It is comical (not), that as we have this debate locally, that the (alleged) scientists who tout that our changing climate is "man-caused" are fighting Freedom of Information Act requests for the data that they used to arrive at their "settled" conclusions. What is funnier is that these same (alleged) scientists were touting the impending disaster of global cooling, and the coming of a new ice-age, just 30 short years ago.
At the latest Climate Change Conference in Cancun, the "truth" about global warming was exposed. German Economist and IPCC official Ottmar Edenhofer stated; "climate policy has almost nothing to do anymore with environmental protection, but is actually an economy summit during which the redistribution of the world's resources will be negotiated"
While not intimately familiar with the AP Science curriculum, if it does not contain some or all of the above information regarding global warming, then I applaud Dr. Barke's insistence that the coursework be reexamined, and that our children be exposed to all of the facts pertaining to the "unsettled science" of climate change, er global climate disruption.
To Mr. Brines' suggestion that we teach our kids how to think, and not what to think, I applaud your idea. It appears, though, that you're at least a generation too late with your recommendation.
Seal Beach Resident
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