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Applause For School Board Stance on Global Warming

One Seal Beach resident praises the Los Alamitos Unified School District's decision to require politically balanced teaching of global warming.

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.

Earick Ward
Seal Beach Resident

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caerbannog June 09, 2011 at 02:20 AM
Those who really think that climate-scientists haven't known for *decades* that the Earth was much more likely to warm than cool in the near future should watch this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lgzz-L7GFg
caerbannog June 09, 2011 at 02:27 AM
This message is for met00, planet lover and others who have a long-enough attention span to watch and learn from this hour-long video of a lecture presented by one of the world's leading paleoclimatologists, Dr. Richard Alley: http://www.agu.org/meetings/fm09/lectures/lecture_videos/A23A.shtml So grab yourselves a cup of coffee, fire up your web-browser, and sit back for an hour of education and entertainment (in that order). If this were a perfect world, all of my college professors would have been as entertaining, engaging, and informative as Dr. Richard Alley is in the above video.
Planet lover June 09, 2011 at 06:58 PM
Thank you so much for the links. I will watch when I return from my meeting. If only people like Earick could be where I am. It might help deniers understand just how much scientific information exists on climate change. For example, NASA alone has 13 Earth observing satellites, in addition to NOAA, ESA, CONAE, AEB, CNES, etc. satellites that look at weather, climate change, volcanoes, fires, etc. I have a great deal of respect for Dr. Alley! Did you happen to see Earth: The Operator's Manual?
caerbannog June 10, 2011 at 02:06 PM
Just a quick followup for folks who are still checking this thread out (Los Alamitos science teachers are especially encouraged to read this). There's a nice profile of Dr. John Mashey, the man who helped uncover the Wegman plagiarism, in Science. The article itself is behind a payway, but is summarized nicely at http://desmogblog.com/science-article-recognizes-john-mashey Los Alamitos teachers, when you discuss with your students the issue of plagiarism and its consequences, be sure to use the Wegman report as an example of what your students should *not* do.
CDC April 12, 2013 at 05:49 AM
I wish they would have put solar panels on the school roofs rather than the huge new energy hungry air conditioners our bond money paid for. They need to back-up their so called concerns. Bunch of worthless double talk by an over paid school board!

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