Wednesday, June 1, 2016

"Not so long ago public education was approached with elements of Ancient Greece and the penchant for questioning all things. Today, public education has become a fascist institution where the teacher is seen as an oracle not to be challenged."

Book-banning Greens bent on programming school-age children

by John Myers

Welcome to the Brave New World. As in the novel by Aldous Huxley, we live in a time where even children are targeted with propaganda.

Yet another example of this occurred last month in Portland, Oregon when a resolution was introduced by school board superintendent Mike Rosen. Rosen wants to ban from all public schools any material that questions the veracity of man-made global warming.

You might think that some of the students would object. To the contrary, at least some students have embraced removing materials that question the truth of global climate change; the same climate change that is discredited by some of the world’s top climatologists who have since stood up to criticism from the zealous Greens who carry themselves much like a fanatic religion.

“It is unacceptable that we have textbooks in our schools that spread doubt about the human causes and urgency of the crisis,” Lincoln High School student Gaby Lemieux said during board testimony last week. In her wisdom she added that “climate education is not a niche or a specialization, it is the minimum requirement for my generation to be successful in our changing world.”

It is as though Gaby fears she might come across materials that would challenge her beliefs, which is an indication to me that this student and perhaps millions more have made up their minds on climate change.

Not so long ago public education was approached with elements of Ancient Greece and the penchant for questioning all things. Today, public education has become a fascist institution where the teacher is seen as an oracle not to be challenged.

I find this troubling because I have known a lot of teachers over the years and they typically do not have exceptional intelligence, but they are certainly sticklers for rules.

Quite an education

I was called into my son’s principal’s office. Her complaint was that my eldest had openly questioned the use of atomic weapons on Japan. She said that the use of them was in the curriculum. As I was leaving I told her that I thought it was good for children to question things.

I urge you to watch a documentary that questions man’s impact on climate. It is titled, “The Great Global Warming Swindle,” by Martin Durkin and is available for free.

Top scientists in it cast doubt on carbon being the primary cause of global warming. Among many of the scientific facts is that carbon makes up less than 1 percent of the elements in the atmosphere. It is argued by top climatologists that this is too minuscule an amount of carbon in the life cycle to cause warming. The truth is, volcanoes produce more CO2 than humans, as do animals. But the largest amount of carbon comes from the ocean.

The history of temperature change is an interesting study. From 1940 until 1975, when industry was spewing carbon, the earth’s temperature actually fell.

Further studies show tremendous variations in temperatures of the earth’s surface over time. As the Dark Ages came to a close a millennium ago, ice core samples show that the earth’s surface temperature increased significantly. This was the age of building great cathedrals in northern climates, and some archeologists speculate this was aided by the particularly warm temperatures of that period. But the heat did not last and Europe was faced with the Little Ice Age, a period so cold that the Thames River in London froze over.

As you can see extreme climate change happens without any actions by man. Studies have shown that the earth’s temperature lags sea temperatures by decades. Thus, the prime driver in the earth’s temperatures is the oceans which absorb very little surface CO2 but are heated by the sun. Sun spot activity and thus solar radiation has been correlated with the earth’s temperatures.

While you can’t build a case of political and economic gain based on the sun, you can make a bundle of money and win political advances by blaming industries. When Al Gore lost the 2000 presidential election he had a net worth of $1 million dollars. In 2015 he was reported to have a net worth of $300 million.

The political left is using climate change as propaganda and will not tolerate doubters. Fortunes change hands and money flows to unscrupulous scientists and politicians, some with little or no background in climatology. It doesn’t matter the notion of man-made climate change is all one big lie. It serves its purpose enriching the elite and entrenching the leftists.

Certainly President Barack Obama does not have the consensus for man-made warming that he claims. He tweeted that 97 percent of scientists believe that man-made CO2 is warming the climate.

Skeptical Science reported less than half of published scientists endorse man-caused global warming. Klaus-Martin Schulte examined all papers published from 2004 to 2007. Of 528 total papers on climate change, only 38, or 7 percent, gave an explicit endorsement of the consensus. Thirty-two papers, or 6 percent, reject the consensus outright. Forty-eight are neutral on the subject, refusing to either accept or reject the hypothesis. Just one published paper made any reference to climate change leading to catastrophic results.

Admittedly, the review is dated, but there has been no breakthrough in climatology studies over the past decade so I doubt many minds in the scientific community have been changed.

Global warming was first swallowed up by the peaceniks that who longer had a cause after the Berlin Wall fell. They then moved on as opportunists who saw the personal gain in preaching global warming.

The 21st century inquisition

If you are a scientist who questions man-made global warming, it’s not the principal’s office you will be sent to but the Department of Justice (DOJ) for investigation.

Last Wednesday, five Republican Senators sent a letter to the DOJ arguing that efforts to prosecute climate-change skeptics constitute a “blatant violation of the First Amendment and an abuse of power that rises to the level of prosecutorial misconduct.”

Democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders thought he needed to clear the air with a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch signed by Sanders and three Democratic Senators. The gist of the letter was for the DOJ to keep probing non-believers.

This reads like an episode of “The X-Files” and makes me wonder if there is not a conspiracy to cripple oil and gas producers by using a false ideology.

In time the federal government will have cradle-to-grave oversight on Americans’ use of energy. And who would rebuke it? After all, what can be more important than saving the planet for our children and grandchildren?


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