Parents have had enough of ‘politicized’ science

There was a time, not that long ago, when if you said “political science,” you were referring to a study of politics using scientific principles and methods. Now it seems it can mean just the opposite. What we seem to have now is science heavily influenced by and its outcomes dictated by political agendas. Exhibit A — “global warming.”

While it’s bad enough to play political checkers with scientific principles in Congress and other vaudeville houses like the United Nations, it’s especially troubling that we are teaching these hazy theories as facts in our schools. Fortunately, some people in western Colorado are organizing petitions to persuade school boards to teach only verifiable scientific facts.

The local effort is spearheaded by Rose Pugliese, a former school board candidate who was spurred into action when students told her they felt uncomfortable expressing conservative principles in classrooms. One student said the correct response on a test he was given was global warming and he was uncomfortable answering that way as he felt the theory was unproven.

It seems global-warming hobbyists and alternative-energy grifters see their favorite hypothesis being exposed as conjecture and are racing to convert students before they know enough to question it.

They are aided by the slow uptake of the American media to report on the scientific skeptics of the theory and the escalating scandal involving the research used to support it.

If you’re in an American public school, it’s doubtful you’ve learned of the increasing pushback and growing scandals over selective uses of data, particularly by the University of East Anglia Climactic Research Unit, revealed in a series of leaked e-mails that the British press has dubbed “Warmergate.”

You also are unlikely to hear of the inclusion by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change of an erroneous claim lifted from a publication by the World Wildlife Foundation that the Himalayan glaciers will melt by 2035. The chairman of the panel has defended this use of what he refers to as “gray literature” because it was the only research that had been done.

On almost every front, the global warming crowd is seeing disaster.

Here in Colorado, in June 2008, the National Snow and Ice Data Center reported the rapid disappearance of Arctic sea ice and, according to CNN, the center suggested reducing greenhouse emissions might help out. Must’ve worked because in January, the same group said Arctic summer sea ice increased by 26 percent since 2007.

This January, the London Daily Mail ran an article entitled “The Mini Ice Age Starts Here,” as scientists are now predicting 20 to 30 years of cooler temperatures as part of what they believe are patterns of climate change that flip every 20 to 30 years. The scientists cite reports from 1922 that Greenland’s glaciers were fast disappearing and mariner’s reports of warmer Arctic conditions in 1918.

A cooling trend from 1940 to the 1970s led Time magazine to run a cover story which predicted another Ice Age. And yet, here we are with an entire industry devoted to teaching school-age children that global warming is at fault for everything from hungry bears to evolution. This industry is still merrily citing reports of disintegrating credibility as websites like happily provide resources on the topic to make instruction so much easier.

It’s no wonder that parents have had enough and don’t want their children to be hectored over their lifestyles or have their ability to prosper squashed by politicians pushing a dubious theory in the interest of political and social power. The climate is changing — the political climate that is.

Rick Wagner offers more thoughts on politics at his blog, The War on Wrong.


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