Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome, in the Green Corner, the caped crusaders fighting for climate justice and A New American Dark Age.
In a move spearheaded by environmentalists, the Portland Public Schools board unanimously approved a resolution aimed at eliminating doubt of climate change and its causes in schools.
“It is unacceptable that we have textbooks in our schools that spread doubt about the human causes and urgency of the crisis,” said Lincoln High School student Gaby Lemieux in board testimony. “Climate education is not a niche or a specialization, it is the minimum requirement for my generation to be successful in our changing world.”
The resolution passed Tuesday evening calls for the school district to get rid of textbooks or other materials that cast doubt on whether climate change is occurring and that the activity of human beings is responsible. The resolution also directs the superintendent and staff to develop an implementation plan for “curriculum and educational opportunities that address climate change and climate justice in all Portland Public Schools.”
Portland School Board Bans Climate Change-Denying Materials
Portland Tribune – Shasta Kearns Moore – 19 May 2016
And in the Not For Greens Corner, one of the last lingering lecturers from The Age of Enlightenment, please welcome Ian Plimer.
Ian Rutherford Plimer (born 12 February 1946) is an Australian geologist, professor emeritus of earth sciences at the University of Melbourne, professor of mining geology at the University of Adelaide, and the director of multiple mineral exploration and mining companies.
He has published many scientific papers, six books and is one of the co-editors of Encyclopedia of Geology.
He has been an outspoken critic of both creationism and the scientific consensus on anthropogenic climate change.
Carbon dioxide has an effect on the atmosphere and it has an effect for the first 50 parts per million and once it’s done its job then it’s finished and you can double it and quadruple it and it has no effect because we’ve seen that in the geological past, and we’ve seen it in times gone by when the carbon dioxide content was 100 times the current content.
We didn’t have runaway global warming, we actually had glaciation, so there’s immediately a disconnect.
So carbon dioxide is absolutely vital for living on earth; it’s plant food, all of life lives off carbon dioxide.
To demonise it shows that you don’t understand school child science.
Ian Plimer, interviewed on ABNNewswire, June 2009
The Enlightenment – known in French as the Siècle des Lumières, the Century of Enlightenment, and in German as the Aufklärung – was a philosophical movement which dominated the world of ideas in Europe in the 18th century.
The Enlightenment included a range of ideas centered on reason as the primary source of authority and legitimacy, and came to advance ideals such as liberty, progress, tolerance, fraternity, constitutional government and ending the abuses of the church and state.
In France, the central doctrines of the Lumières were individual liberty and religious tolerance, in opposition to the principle of absolute monarchy and the fixed dogmas of the Roman Catholic Church.
The Enlightenment was marked by increasing empiricism, scientific rigor, and reductionism, along with increased questioning of religious orthodoxy.
The debate today will be over two rounds.
In the first round Ian Plimer promotes the Not For Greens perspective.
The processes required to make a humble stainless steel teaspoon are remarkably complicated and every stage involves risk, coal, energy, capital, international trade and finance.
Stainless steel cutlery has taken thousands of years of experimentation and knowledge to evolve and the end result is that we can eat without killing ourselves with bacteria.
We are in the best times to have ever lived on planet Earth and the future will only be better.
All this we take for granted.
Greens may have started as genuine environmentalists.
Much of the green movement has now morphed into an unelected extremist political pressure group accountable to no one.
Greens create problems, many of which are concocted, and provide no solutions because of a lack of basic knowledge.
This book examines green policies in the light of established knowledge and shows that they are unrealistic.
Policies by greens adopted by supine governments have resulted in rising costs, increased taxes, political instability, energy poverty, decreased longevity and environmental degradation and they don’t achieve their ideological aims.
Wind, solar and biomass energy emit more carbon dioxide than they save and reduction of carbon dioxide emissions does nothing to change climate and only empties the pocket.
No stainless steel teaspoon could be made using green “alternative energy”.
This book argues that unless the greens live sustainably in caves in the forest and use no trappings of the modern world, then they should be regarded as hypocrites and treated with the disdain they deserve.
Ladies and gentlemen, the second round has been cancelled because the judges, kindly sponsored by numerous A New American Dark Age foundations, have already awarded the contest [and the contracts] to the caped crusaders for climate justice.
Let’s hear it for the caped crusaders for climate justice!
Come on now.
I said: Let’s hear it for the caped crusaders for climate justice!
No one is leaving until morale improves and I hear that applause…
OK. Have it your own way.
Security – turn out the lights!