Guest post by Jeff Wiita
I have a 13-year-old daughter who is in the public school system. About a month ago, she came home and told me that the teacher showed a man-made global warming video. I asked her if it was Al Gore's movie and she said, "No, it was Bill Nye, The Science Guy."
The story does not start there. This is just the latest chapter. The story actually started four years ago when she was in 4th grade. She came home and asked me if I would help her on a science project. I said, "Sure, what was it on?" She said, "Man-made global warming." I told her that when I was in school, it was man-made global cooling. Let see what we can find.
Now, four years ago, the Internet was still in its adolescence stage. Remember, YouTube turned five on May 17, 2010. But, I said, "Let's see what we can find on the Internet. I remember an article in Newsweek and in Time Magazine warning the world of an upcoming man-made ice age. Maybe it will be on the Internet?"
I was skeptical about the science project at the very beginning, but that is what a scientist is supposed to be. Skeptical. When I was in high school, I learned about the Medieval Warm Period and the Little Ice Age in my Aerospace class in '77 and '78. With a little research and a few more keystrokes on the computer, I ordered the book Unstoppable Global Warming: Every 1,500 Years by S. Fred Singer and Dennis T. Avery. I found Global Warming - Doomsday Called Off by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Climate Catastrophe Cancelled by Friends of Science both on YouTube. During the science project, Martin Durkin came out with The Great Global Warming Swindle and that too, was immediately posted on YouTube.
We put together a first class science project with videos downloaded from YouTube and my daughter turned it in. At the next parent/teacher conference, I asked the teacher about the science project and she told me that I had an interesting point of view.
The man-made global warming debate hit a crescendo that year (2007). Al Gore's movie, An Inconvenient Truth was required viewing in many high schools and universities. Some kids had seen it many times. It was shown in science classes, health classes and even physical education. There was a significant backlash by parents like me.
Now, let's fast forward to today. My daughter's 8th grade Earth Science teacher showed her class a video on man-made global warming by Bill Nye, The Science Guy, and kids consider him a science guru; thanks to PBS.
I wrote a letter to the teacher and specifically addressed climate history, including the 1975 Newsweek article, the Medieval Warm Period, the Little Ice Age, and the Holocene Climate Optimum. I even addressed the Roman Warm Period and the Dark Ages Cold Period.
At the parent/teacher conferences, I asked the teacher if she was going to show Al Gore's movie "An Inconvenient Truth." She shook her head "no" and said, "We wouldn't do that." She told me that she was not supposed to interject any bias in the science class. I then told her that was exactly what she did when she showed the video of Bill Nye, The Science Guy.
Bill Nye is part of Repower America (Alliance for Climate Protection). Here is a short video.
During the video, Bill Nye turns man-made global warming into a generational war. Categorizing global warming skeptics as old and intellectually challenged while believers are young and intellectually enlightened.
The founder and chairman of the Alliance for Climate Protection is Al Gore. Bill Nye is clearly acting as a surrogate for Al Gore in the public schools system. The public school teachers are still promoting man-made global warming, but they understand that Al Gore's movie is radioactive; so, they have reverted to covert warfare with Bill Nye, The Science Guy.
We must not confuse our kids with science fiction in a science class that is supposed to teach scientific fact. How are they supposed be able to distinguish between the differences? Their future relies on their trust, and their trust is fragile.
I have requested some time to present an opposing point of view to the Earth Science class based entirely on scientific fact. I am still waiting for the teacher's response.