Embarrassing: AGU’s ‘climate literacy’

Do kindergarten teacher views on climate science really debunk those of the climate skeptics?

That’s what the American Geophysical Union reportedly says.

According to the Environmental News Examiner article “American Geophysical scientists strike back with climate change literacy online“:

American Geophysical Union (AGU) scientists struck back at climate change deniers yesterday at the 44th annual AGU meeting of earth scientists from around the world in step with global leaders’ discussion of solutions to climate change at the 17th U.N. Climate Change Conference in Durban, Africa.

A representative from NASA announced “My guess is that it isn’t that there are a lot of climate change deniers in as so much as the few of them there are – are just loud.”

And how exactly did the AGU strike back a deniers? With a survey of K-12 teachers:

Further supporting the NASA position on global warming, a representative from the National Earth Science Teachers of America (NESTA) reported the results of 555 K-12 teachers in the United States who currently teach about climate change.

And what were the results?

On average, 89% of respondents indicated that they believe global warming is happening with the highest levels of agreement from respondents in Western states, younger teachers, urban teachers, and females.

Only 6% of respondents indicated that they did not believe global warming is happening. On average, only 13% of respondents attribute climate change to mainly natural causes with the highest rates of this response among male and Southern respondents.

Apparently as far as the AGU is concerned, climate skeptics — including top scientists like Princeton physicist Freeman Dyson, hydrogen bomb architect Edward Teller, MIT atmospheric physicist Richard Lindzen, space science pioneer S. Fred Singer, first president of the National Academy of Sciences Frederick Seitz and more than 31,000 other American scientists — are wrong because their views differ with those of 494 K-12 teachers.

Words fail us.

2 thoughts on “Embarrassing: AGU’s ‘climate literacy’”

  1. Besides zero growth economics & socialism, Anthropogenic Global Warming is on the top of the list for American teachers. Interesting that the very economic system that gave American teachers such a cushy life is attacked by them with a level of devotion to shame a Jesuit.

  2. It is a big mistake to expect liberals to think about the big picture as well as the individual in the big picture. The socialist ideal, depicting prosperity for all is elegantly described in the USSR Constitution. How well did that work out? Liberals fail to realize that the more they rely on government for everything, the more to government takes from you, including but not limited to most freedoms, including travel, and disposable income. It’s equal poverty for all, except for unions, of course, who will demand 6 weeks vacation a year, all expenses paid.

    The current war on our energy, aimed at making energy and fuel hyper-expensive, has the goal of making it too expensive to travel, getting the populous used to not leaving home and being thankful for what little they can afford. Remember, socialism is also all about keeping track of all citizens, and travel makes that difficult. Can I see you travel papers, please? They do not appear to be in order

    Socialism does not work, but the liberals claim that it has just not been carried put properly yet. Instead of forcibly imposing it on the people—as was done in the USSR and all hated it but the power cadre—they need to brainwash an entire generation into thinking living off the government is fine and dandy, having no career, aspirations, or even liberties. Who needs liberties when you are on the government opiate all of the time?

    Socialism demands dependency as well as worship, which explains the war on religion, family, and capitalism, which keep the individual from being sucked in by the government dole.

    Socialism’s HUGE Achilles heel is that it cannot generate wealth and always runs out of other people’s money. The USSR failed for two major reasons: (1) factories run on the quota system lose quality and integrity as the workers see no reason to aspire to quality and performance, innovation dies altogether; and (2) capitalism and a free market has each individual in the economy making market price adjustments as well as innovations daily, all relevant to their little part of the economy. This adds up to many 100s of millions of adjustments a day. The USSR was having to make at least 36 million bureaucratic market adjustments a day and most of them were wrong because they knew so little about the choices they were supposedly making. It was doomed to failure.

    The ugly truth for the socialists is that they NEED capitalism to generate the wealth they want to redistribute. But if everything one makes it confiscated or stolen by the government, they kill capitalism. The Marxist idea that every individual will work at their highest ability is just plain wrong as there is no reason to be a brain surgeon if there are no benefits to doing so—the novelty and excitement wear thin rather quickly, particularly with the attendant responsibilities of surgery—when you make the same living that a garbage collector does, but, wait, the garbage man gets more as he might have greater needs.

    By the way, “Political Correctness” appear to have been invented by Karl Marx. He found it an excellent way to insidiously introduce censorship to freedom of speech. I have always said that behind every instance of PC, there was a bad idea being hidden. I was right.

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