As we told you in this post a couple of months ago, the National Center for Science Education (NCSE) is going to be “monitoring controversies over the teaching of climate change as well as controversies over the teaching of evolution.”
We enthusiastically support science education, including climate science, but we expressed some concern about this new direction for NCSE. That’s because we oppose teaching science in an ideological way to promote left-wing political goals, and we didn’t want to see NCSE get all tangled up in questionable politics.
Climate change is being exploited by the usual suspects in a game they’ve been playing for quite some time, and man-caused global warming is their latest star in a role that once featured global shortages, nuclear winter, world peace, social justice, saving the rain forests, etc. The pretext of the moment changes, but it’s always the same old power grab.
Global warming is legitimate science that deserves better than to be abused in such a shameless manner, and we didn’t want NCSE to become an unwitting pawn in that game.
So it was with great interest we watched this video of Eugenie Scott, NCSE’s Executive Director, speaking on 15 September in Scotland about creationism and global warming denial in terms of public opinion polls, “academic freedom” legislation, religion, and politics. The NCSE website had an article about it: Evolution and Global Warming Denialism: How the Public is Misled.
Our fears that Genie would somehow become “Al Gore lite” were totally unfounded. Her speech is excellent. The video is 48 minutes long and it’s well worth your time. Check it out.
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