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Author: Bob Webster
Date:  July 1, 2009

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Propagandizing or Educating?
Why children fear global warming


An article by Johanna Sorrentino at Education.com (titled "Get Your Kids Global Warming Savvy") reveals survey results "of more than 1,000 middle school students across the country [that] found that kids fear global warming more than war, terrorism or the health care crisis." Not only does this statement suggest the US has a non-existent "health care crisis" but it demonstrates the dangerous power of misinformation in education.

An article by Johanna Sorrentino at Education.com (titled "Get Your Kids Global Warming Savvy") reveals survey results "of more than 1,000 middle school students across the country [that] found that kids fear global warming more than war, terrorism or the health care crisis." Not only does this statement suggest the US has a non-existent "health care crisis" but it demonstrates the dangerous power of misinformation in education. Sorrentino's article is full of the very misinformation that leads to the unwarranted fear children have about "global warming."

Appearing at the education.com website, Johanna Sorrentino's article, "Get Your Kids Global Warming Savvy" (http://www.education.com/magazine/article/Global_Warming_Savvy/) is a classic example of the misinformation that is crippling our children and young adults when it comes to the climate change/global warming issue. Sorrentino's article refers to survey results "of more than 1,000 middle school students across the country [that] found that kids fear global warming more than war, terrorism or the health care crisis." It is no wonder, given the constant drumbeat of misinformation directed toward children in schools and in the biased media.

For parents who want to provide a good education about global warming and climate change (and how teachers are misleading students), there is an excellent book for "kids [who] fear global warming more than war, terrorism or the health care crisis." It is The Sky's Not Falling - Why It's OK to Chill about Global Warming (for children and adults) by Holley Fretwell and it can be purchased at Amazon.com: [ Buy Now! ]. Well organized, this book presents a fairly comprehensive view of climate change and global warming designed to calm any fears children may have from gross exaggerations they may have heard at school, on TV, or in other media. While the book is written for children, it is excellent for adults whose education failed to prepare them to understand why the notion that humans can cause "climate change" is absurd.

Clearly, Sorrentino would benefit from reading Fretwell's book. Sorrentino needs to better educate herself about both climate change and climate science. Those who do not understand the science ought not be trying to influence others about climate change.

Here are the facts:

Sorrentino needs to read a few good books. Suggest: "Red Hot Lies" by Christopher Horner, "A Primer on CO2 and Climate (Second Edition)" by Dr. Howard Hayden, "The Deniers" by Lawrence Solomon, "Climate Confusion" by Dr. Roy Spencer, and "Climate of Extremes" by Drs. Michaels and Balling, Jr.

Quoting select "scientists" who are well out of the mainstream of scientific opinion is a tool of the deceivers. Sorrentino, either knowingly or unwittingly, has joined the deceivers. There are more than 31,000 scientists in the US alone who have signed a petition stating that humans are not causing global warming. These signatories have had their credentials verified and are in some field of science that would qualify them as knowledgeable. Consequently, these scientists are better-suited to support their view of climate and climate change. There are a little over 2000 IPCC scientists contributing to working groups (the number is often inflated - deliberately - by merely adding all the scientists in all working groups, but many scientists participate in more than one working group!). Fewer than 1000 are actually involved with climate change science (many others address effects of climate change from any source, not just human). Over 600 of those scientists refute the conclusions of the politicians writing the IPCC summary report! There is no consensus of scientists claiming the IPCC position is valid. The contention that human-caused global warming is held by a consensus of climate scientists is merely a myth propagated by an irresponsible media.

Education can be a wonderful thing, but not when it misinforms. Propagandizing is not educating. Ignorance leads to spreading nonsense about climate and climate change.

Bob Webster
WEBCommentary (Editor, Publisher)


Notes: 

[1] A Primer on CO2 and Climate (Second Edition), pg 24 (Table 1), Howard C. Hayden, PhD, Physics, 2008, Vales Lake Publishing


Biography - Bob Webster

Bob Webster, a descendant of Daniel Webster's father, Revolutionary War patriot Ebenezer Webster, has always had a strong interest in early American history, our Constitution, U.S. politics, and law. Politically he is a constitutional republican with objectivist and libertarian roots. He has faith in the ultimate triumph of truth and reason over deception and emotion. He is a strong believer in our Constitution as written and views the abandonment of constitutional restraint by the regressive Progressive movement as a great danger to our Republic. His favorite novel is Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand and believes it should be required reading for all high school students so they can appreciate the cost of tolerating the growth of unconstitutional crushingly powerful central government. He strongly believes, as our Constitution enshrines, that the interests of the individual should be held superior to the interests of the state.

A lifelong interest in meteorology and climatology spurred his strong interest in science. Bob earned his degree in Mathematics at Virginia Tech, graduating in 1964.


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