If the first sign of the apocalypse is ice caps melting, and the second is raging wildfire, the third winter tornadoes, the fourth drought, the fifth super hurricanes and the sixth is a plague of tropical diseases, what is the seventh?
Maybe that the next generation didn't know what hit them.
In Utah, but surely not only in Utah, public school science teachers are coming under fire, in some cases by the same folks who fought to keep evolution from the science curriculum, for showing Al Gore's movie, An Inconvenient Truth, without presenting "both sides" of the "debate," according to the Salt Lake Tribune. (For English class, read the Tribune report below with a skeptical eye: What questions did the reporter fail to ask?)
This is the same argument that killed good newspaper reporting on the issue of climate change for years, and has been shown, repeatedly, to be a false choice manufactured, in large part, by a few skeptics paid handsomely by Exxon Mobil. (If you haven't heard, Exxon Mobil has the money to throw around, given that it pumped and sold enough oil to rake in record profits of $40 billion last year.)
Every respected grouping of scientists that have come together to make a statement about global warming has said just about the same thing: The climate is changing, it's getting warmer, and our carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions are largely to blame.
That's the scientific argument. Leave the so-called "other side" debate to political science class, where it belongs.
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