Why is there so much preoccupation with atmospheric CO2 concentrations and reducing anthropogenic CO2 emissions when it is well documented in the peer-reviewed scientific literature that the CO2 contribution to the overall greenhouse effect is so weak that it can be easily supplanted by small changes in clouds and water vapor, or natural climate-changing constituents?


Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Climate Teachers: don't add to the rotten legacy of the environmental movement

Environmentalism has a rotten legacy.  The climate scaremongering is part of it.

(1) Have you checked for yourself  the materials you use to teach about climate?

Teaching children that they face climate catastrophe, or even serious and imminent threats, due to rising levels of carbon dioxide is such a momentous decision that surely any conscientious teacher will at some stage do some checking of his or her own as to the credibility of such assertions.  The journalist Melanie Phillips did just that, and she was not impressed with what she found. 

This article appeared today in Greenie Watch attributed to Melanie Phillips but without a source-link.  It looks like it could be her work to me, and so I am tentatively reproducing it as such here:

I have not yet found the article at source, but the above image as published has this i.dailymail link:
Note added later same day: I have tracked the above article down.  It appears without any explanation in this article, which though very moving and important, is not about climate.  I presume it is included because it is in the book just published by Phillips.  A recent article by her on climate is here.

(2) Meanwhile, the campaign continues at high levels and low:

(2.1) Outrageous scaremongering (aka 'climate diplomacy') this month at the UN:

   Note added 12 May 2013.   Collectors of examples of over-the-top alarmism will appreciate this one from 1881: linking up telegraph wires around the globe will cause catastrophe.  Description and commentary here and here.

(2.2) More subtle (but note the scary 'quadrillion') school outreach by the UEA last year (hat-tip Dave W)



















(3) And for what?  To contribute to the already rotten legacy of environmentalism? 

The Rotten Legacy of Environmentalism 

Under each of these sections taken from the site Bread and Butter Science (created by James A. Marusek) can be found links to examples of harm:

Prolonged Psychological Fear Based on Unfounded/Distorted Claims

Needless Death of over 30 Million Innocent Young Children

Loss of a Dependable Electrical Infrastructure

Dependency on Foreign Oil and Higher Fuel Prices

Endangered Species Act


The Agents of Fear

Development of the "Precautionary Principle" into a Fear Distortion Tool

Taking of Property without Just Compensation (Private Lands)

Tying National Security Up in Knots 

Eliminating or Weakening Flood Prevention Systems (Dams, Levies)

Depriving Workers of Their Livelihood

The Law of Unintended Consequences

The Destruction of Credible Science by Promoting Junk Science

The Destruction of Scientist who disagree with the Environmental Agenda

Promoting a Small Utopian World for the Elite through a Population Control Agenda (Isn't this called Genocide?)

Sponsor of Terrorism in the Name of the Environment

School Indoctrination: Driving Fear into the Hearts of Our Children
 and here are the first few links in this last category:

 There are dozens more, including a couple to Climate Lessons posts I'm pleased to say.

So, next time you hear the apologist refrain about it doesn't matter if the theory is wrong, it is leading to good things anyway, you might want to dig out this list and share it around.

It makes for a rotten legacy, does it not? 

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