Wednesday, April 18, 2007

This is Important!

Here is an important report on the move by parents to take legal action against the Government for forcing Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth" on unsuspecting children.

I am reminded of one of the rare moments when I really agreed with Rush Limbaugh. "Schools" he stated, "have this propensity to fill young skulls with mush".

The bad aspect of the Education Ministry sending this video to every school in the land is that there is no opportunity for an opposite point of veiw, no opportunity for debate, no opportunity for science to be introduced as a subject that requires proper testing for a theory to become accepted. School teachers are likely to be conned by Al Gore in the same way he has conned Hollywood (I bet that was difficult!) and many of his politician friends. Without ammunition to counter this propaganda, teachers are defenseless and students vulnerable.

4 Comments:

Blogger merjoem32 said...

The authenticity of Gore on Global Warming is not important in my opinion. The genuineness of global warming is not proven but we cannot deny that the climate change in some parts of the world is devastating farmers in developing countries. Finding solutions to this problem is much more important than proving or disproving global warming.

11:08 PM  
Blogger Focalplane said...

Thanks, merjoem32, your your contribution. I certainly cannot disagree with your concern for farmers who are suffering from climate change. But not all farmers in developing countries are suffering, many are benefiting. Before political boundaries were erected the solution was simple - farmers moved to a better area - but that is no longer an option.

But without a proper understanding of the basic science I do not see how we can help anyone. And allowing the likes of Al Gore to present what he considers to be the basic science is a very dangerous precedent, in my opinion.

There are many aspects of the world human condition that are more important than climate change - a growing world population, the search for eradication of malaria and AIDS, clean water, sanitation, etc. etc. Each of these put more pressure on developing societies than climate change alone. There is no easy solution but a good understanding of the problem is a first step.

3:49 AM  
Anonymous Eduardo said...

I would like to point out that farmers in the third (underdeveloped world) are not suffering climate change consequences because the change has not been so strong as to affect them. If they suffer is because corrupt politicians and bad economic policies that eternize the utter misery in African countries, for instance.

If climate change was global, it would be affecting farmers in developed nations too. But the slight climate change observed in our country, Argentina, has been highly beneficial and has made us the first soybean exporter and second producer in the world with over 45 million tons. Our wheat, corn, cotton, an all other crops have increased dramatically (I would say joyfully) and I hope this change keeps in the same direction.

Yes, there are scaremongers claiming that desertification is advancing, but when they are asked to point to a specific place, it turns out to be caused by bad land use practices, or terrible public policies on works needed to prevent soil erosion by water or wind, etc. All boils down to incompetent and/or corrupt politicians. When man takes over, deserts are converted into gardens, as Israel did in most places.

9:05 PM  
Blogger Focalplane said...

Thanks, Eduardo, for your comments about the positive impact of global warming - good to have a contribution from Argentina, as well!

As someone who works in Africa I can attest to the problems facing farmers in that continent. In Cabinda (Angola) no-one is growing anything after four years of peace following the 30 year civil war. Although mine fields are a problem they are relatively few and far between. The real problem seems to be that farmers have forgotten how to farm or that there is no seed for them to sow, no animals to rear. Similar problems exist in many African countries.

But it is so convenient for leaders to blame someone or something else - Global warming becomes the scapegoat.

12:35 PM  

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