Sunday, May 22, 2016

George Orwell, Call Your Office

Despite the evidence:
The Portland Public Schools board voted last week to ban any materials that cast doubt on climate change, the Portland Tribune reported.

According to the resolution passed May 17, the school district must remove any textbooks and other materials that suggest climate change is not occurring or that says human beings are not responsible for it...

A petition, meanwhile, circulated by the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine (OISM) currently lists nearly 32,000 signers, including 9,000 Ph.D.s, who say, “there is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gasses is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth's atmosphere and disruption of the Earth's climate. Moreover, there is substantial scientific evidence that increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide produce many beneficial effects upon the natural plant and animal environments of the Earth.”
Read the whole thing here.


Anonymous said...

You can google that 'institute' to judge their credibility.

I'll just say, as I tell my classes, you cannot send an extra thirty five billion tons of carbon dioxide, a heat trapping gas, year after year, decade after decade, into the atmosphere without warming the planet.

The first law of thermodynamics will be obeyed. Heat energy will be conserved.

Just as if you put on a sweater your body heat will be retained.


Darren said...

I think you simplify the process somewhat. There are many things we don't understand about climate. Heck, we can't yet explain why this has been going on for millenia--we're still getting out of a mini-Ice Age that ended about 160 years ago. I think it has to do with that big yellow thing in the sky, myself.

Ellen K said...

Isn't that called censorship?
Did these clowns never read "Fahrenheit 451?"