Colleges fall for global warming hype

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I was sickened and scared when I read David Skorton's (president of Cornell University) guest column "Save economy -- stop global warming" (May 7).

He says he represents a consortium of 600 college and university presidents representing 5 million students. He states manmade global warming is a proven fact, and that President Obama's stimulus package will save the economy and the climate. He is proud that he and 599 other university leaders are going to delude our students into the notion that their perception is the right one.

Hogwash. There is not a consensus among scientists on the cause of warming, which has reversed since the peak in 1999; the Earth's temperature has varied for 5 billion years. And there is definitely ample evidence that forced efforts to "green" our country with carbon credits, and mandatory solar and wind power goals, will be unattainable and will have horrific negative impacts on our economy for years.

But the most damage this kind of university group-think will have is to squelch the creativity of our future. Colleges are supposed to educate our children so they can investigate, evaluate and make decisions for themselves. Yes, they should teach climate science, economics, government and other basics -- but without bias. This drivel is indoctrination and an abomination to education. They should be embarrassed, and it should not be allowed.

On the Climate Commitment Web site, I was saddened to find that Bud Peterson, president of my alma mater Georgia Tech, has signed on to this social agenda. It is a travesty that the premier engineering university of the Southeast is pursuing this instead of focusing on teaching proved scientific and engineering techniques and letting Tech's graduates evaluate and confront reality.

It kills me to say "Go Dawgs," but according to the Web site, the University of Georgia's president has resisted the pressure to succumb to this politically correct organization. Good for UGA; our flagship liberal arts university is staying true to education and avoiding politics.

Steve Sheetz, Martinez

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patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 05/16/09 - 06:27 am
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The largest difference

The largest difference between "public" schools and "government" schools is agenda. It's the purpose of the government school to turn out a common product of common "thinkers". This product is VERY obvious to those that can see the large number of people that parrot the government spiel when posting on this site. This is not a new problem and has been going on since the '40s. Remember, it was also Carter that gave us the Department of Education to help with standardization of product. Hasn't our education system done well since? From the liberal government perspective it has.

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Rhetor 05/16/09 - 07:32 am
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Guess what, Mr. Sheetz?

Guess what, Mr. Sheetz? Global warming will have an even worse impact on the economy than carbon credits.

deeo1055@yahoo.com
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deeo1055@yahoo.com 05/16/09 - 07:46 am
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Folks that discount global

Folks that discount global warming------you that claim to be Christians, have you ever considered global warming IS COMING as the Bible speaks of the Euphrates River DRYING UP so the armies of he east can converge on Israel; that during the great tribulation, men will be scortched by the sun and etc. [great heat] and beg to die...heck, if the Euphrates River drys up, means other places on earth=very dry, hot, other very wet, rain="problems and signs in the heavens. REMEMBER, the leading global advocate of global warmin is AL GORE=who went to 1 semester of seminary and FLUNKED ALL COURSES. Rather than realize & admit man's sin is gonna cause God's judgement, claim it is mans "mistreating mother earth." Result=Gore and his types get rich, mask the truth, WHEN NO ONE CAN stop what God's word has said is coming.=Proverbs 21:30-31.
Heck, mankind is but a pimple on a nats butt, but his collective sin is a killer and is going to bring about Global warming, but not for the reason Gore & company claim. Wake up.

Longleaf
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Longleaf 05/16/09 - 07:57 am
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AMEN!! PAT! For a generation

AMEN!! PAT! For a generation or so an atheistic national teachers' union has so indoctrinated our children that they elected the present Obama socialist/communist government. May God help and deliver us! Else we follow the paths of the USSR, China and other failed communist experiments.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 05/16/09 - 07:59 am
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tin foil alert deeo.

tin foil alert deeo.

deeo1055@yahoo.com
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deeo1055@yahoo.com 05/16/09 - 08:09 am
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PT, have no idea what a "tin

PT, have no idea what a "tin foil alert" is, but forewarned is forearmed. BS with perfume on is is still BS, it just stinks a little different. That sister is plain english I HOPE you understand.

Tots
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Tots 05/16/09 - 08:31 am
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7:57 liked your

7:57 liked your post.Dee-thanks for the laugh with that come back to PT.But I think you do know what she is talking about.

wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 05/16/09 - 08:36 am
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I know that the world is in a

I know that the world is in a bad way but let's keep our focus on what is REALLY important-Did you see what mrs.obama was wearing yesterday?

palomino9
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palomino9 05/16/09 - 08:48 am
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Not a social agenda, but know

Not a social agenda, but know fact. Should one believe the opinions of over 600 learned men and women, or some dingdong from Martinez?

Bizkit
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Bizkit 05/16/09 - 08:50 am
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Scientist have studied this

Scientist have studied this problem and say there is global warming and it is manmade. All the religious fanatics don't believe in global warming, evolution, probably not the light bulb. The majority of scientist agree but you would rather put your faith in a myth than real science. Obama is correct in maintaining science is our future and we should fund and listen to them. Bush was antiscience. I forgot I'm in Bush country well if you hadn't noticed it is now a burning bush.

deeo1055@yahoo.com
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deeo1055@yahoo.com 05/16/09 - 08:53 am
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"IF we couldn't laugh, we

"IF we couldn't laugh, we would all go insane"=Jimmy Buffet, "Changes in Attitudes, Changes in Latitudes" circa 1975 [or so]

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sconservative 05/16/09 - 08:55 am
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A university's prestige

A university's prestige depends on the funded research and quality of research papers published. PBO has doubled the budget of the NSF for global warming research to $250M. I would like a piece of that also even though I am not a GW believer! There are over 55 years of calibrated, high-quality climate data for the CSRA at the DOE Savannah River Site. It shows a temperature cycle that correlates well with the solar cycle.

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Bizkit 05/16/09 - 08:56 am
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Scientist believe we will be

Scientist believe we will be extinct too so apparently nature will cleanse the planet of man just like the dinosaur.

deeo1055@yahoo.com
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deeo1055@yahoo.com 05/16/09 - 08:57 am
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MarathonGirl, I DO BELIEVE

MarathonGirl,
I DO BELIEVE GLOBAL WARMING IS COMING, just not for the same reason you do. You will see......World's SCIENTISTS told folks in Chris Columbus' day the earth was flat, said "He is nuts". But the Bible specifically said the world was ROUND--about 2500 years BEFORE CHRIS'S scientific contemporaries.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 05/16/09 - 09:03 am
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Scientist long held the earth

Scientist long held the earth was round as ancient Syrians and Greeks believed long before the bible was written.

Grasshopper
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Grasshopper 05/16/09 - 09:08 am
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The Mayan calendar ends in

The Mayan calendar ends in 2012, what relevance does this have.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 05/16/09 - 09:12 am
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This is just like the Angels

This is just like the Angels and Demons book in that science and religion are enemies. Both trying to destroy each other. Didn't science win in the novel. That is why progressives hate religion and atheism is the fasting growing belief. Seems the GOP and fundamentalist christians are becoming extinct. Only in the bible belt will you read such nonsense.

Grasshopper
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Grasshopper 05/16/09 - 09:18 am
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It does not matter if global

It does not matter if global warming is or is not. It does not matter if global warming is man made or just a natural event. What does matter is the environment in which we live and how we obtain our energy. Energy must be cheap and affordable for all of us to survive. We rely on energy for all out needs, there has to be a practical and gradual approach to produce cleaner energy. Taxing and creating energy at a higher cost will just hurt everyone, the production of ethanol has caused world hunger to increase. Think before you speak and change laws that could cause an economic break down, and the poor people starve and freeze to death.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 05/16/09 - 09:23 am
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The world population of human

The world population of human beings is beyond capacity so nature will eliminate the problem. It is ecology. When rabbits become plentiful then redtailed hawks flourish till fewer rabbits then hawks decline. Every continent needs to lose at least half the population. Obviously the solution to "manmade" global warming is limiting man but people don't want to talk about it. Seems obvious that we may have to sacrifice some so the species can continue to exist. Other species are dying so it is time we make some sacrifices too for equalities sake. I know all you religious fanatics hold man is the center of universe and holds some special place on earth but science tells us we are just another animal and no different, better, or special than any other animal.

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Grasshopper 05/16/09 - 09:38 am
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Marathongirl. Its obvious you

Marathongirl. Its obvious you are ignorant to what goes on in countries that does not have a fundamental christian society. Take a visit to the Philippines where a young teenage virgins are sold by their fathers into prostitution, where women have no rights. People are murdered in cold blood and the bodies are left lying in the streets. We don't need morals in society do we? Ask anyone who has worked in the Philippines, they will tell you what its like to live in a non Judaeo - Christian society. We say good night out of politeness. In other countries when you say good night, it translates to, i hope no one comes in and kills you while you are sleeping.

deeo1055@yahoo.com
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deeo1055@yahoo.com 05/16/09 - 09:40 am
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Marathon Girl, Syrians &

Marathon Girl,
Syrians & Greeks were NEIGHBORS of Abraham [a Syrian] from whom the Hebrews & thus Hebrew prophet writers of the Bible were descended...thought you were referring to "modern science" PLEASE furnish the name and location of your pre-existing Bible Greek & Syrian [remember old Abe now] authorities....and since world capacity is "beyond" being able to support human population now in existance....how do you propose to humanley end it for we of the "unwashed masses"...and will you be so noble as to extinguish yourself for the good of the planet [please do no do so]....

Grasshopper
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Grasshopper 05/16/09 - 09:40 am
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Marathongirl are you being

Marathongirl are you being the devils advocate, or are you just Hitler reincarnated?

deeo1055@yahoo.com
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deeo1055@yahoo.com 05/16/09 - 09:44 am
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OH Marathon Girl, Since and

OH Marathon Girl,
Since and religion MIGHT BE ENEMIES, but science and faith in Jesus Christ ARE NOT. There is good science and bad science, and by definition they would be enemies. Many of our great scientific minds, Newton & etc., were DEVOUT CHRISTIANS..., but like me and everyone else, they still had their flaws...know why, SIN, THE REAL CAUSE OF GLOBAL WARMING, which we both believe is coming like a freight train gal.

deeo1055@yahoo.com
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deeo1055@yahoo.com 05/16/09 - 10:05 am
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MarathonGirl....we did you

MarathonGirl....we did you go? Are you out running that marathon from God? Have you ever stopped to think that being an "atheist" is not possible? Any person that believes in and worships ANY GOD [from Jehovah...to some statute...to a pile of dawg crap] is a DIETY-IST [hope you will forgive my spelling]. ANY PERSON WHO IS AN ATHEIST HAS THEMSELVES FOR THEIR GOD, so claiming to be an atheist is either [1] the result of lack of thought about the word [2] an oxymoron [3] or a lie. Proably other reasons too...

Grasshopper
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Grasshopper 05/16/09 - 10:09 am
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The world produces enough

The world produces enough food to feed everyone, it's the greed of men that does not allow its distribution.

ITDoc
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ITDoc 05/16/09 - 10:11 am
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MarathonGirl is a grounded 15

MarathonGirl is a grounded 15 year old who now has lost her internet priviledges. She is supposed to be sick in bed. My apologizes for her trouble. I forbade her father to post a few months ago. It must be genetic. Mother of marathongirl. Once again my apologizes.
Posted by MarathonGirl on Thu May 14, 2009 4:44 PM

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mad_max 05/16/09 - 10:26 am
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ALL studies show that solar

ALL studies show that solar activity, sunspot cycles, etc. have MORE of an impact on global temps than greenhouse gases. Do greenhouse gases have SOME impact? YES. Are they the largest contributor? NO. What is the largest component of greenhouse gases? METHANE, mostly naturally occurring from animals. Can we kill off all of the animals? NO. Can the US, and the US only, have anything more than a miniscule impact on greenhouse gas emissions by paying Obama tons of money for a CARBON TAX? NO. A CARBON TAX will have little or no impact on METHANE, the largest component of greenhouse gases. Some whackos have mentioned taxing cows, but that only puts more money in Obama's socialist welfare budget and does nothing for preventing the recently taxed cow from pooting. It's all about MONEY. You can't stop the sunspot cycle and the natural cycle of the earth's temperature range. You MAY could have some minor impact if you can get the entire world to park everything, unplug everything, and live in the 17th century but even that will not prevent what has happened time and time again over millions of years. But paying a CARBON TAX is absolutely just a MONEY grab, not environmental science.

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Bizkit 05/16/09 - 10:39 am
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ITDoc. What?? The point is

ITDoc. What?? The point is people are starving and dying because it is nature and it controls the population. Manmade global warming is natures way to eliminate people and the problem. I have equal compassion for the humans as I do the polar bears all animals being equal, but it is natures way and helps life evolve to the changing planet. I'm not alarmed nature will work it out. I figured the religious nutjobs would post as much nonsense. Wasn't Jesus a socialist?

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Bizkit 05/16/09 - 10:57 am
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Why would I expect you

Why would I expect you hayseeds to understand science when you believe the earth is 10,000 years old and created in six days. Listen when you die you rot just like everything else all you egyptians, christians, jews, muslims who believe there is an afterlife are living in lala land. You can't pick and choose which science is good and bad because of some religious fantacism.

deeo1055@yahoo.com
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deeo1055@yahoo.com 05/16/09 - 10:57 am
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No Marathon Girl, JESUS WAS

No Marathon Girl,
JESUS WAS GOD IN THE FLESH. Many folks add to, subtract from his teachings, for their selfish benefits [see my intial reference to Al Gore-ya]. Who would counterfiet a $1.00 bill rather than a $100 bill. Communism if Christianity WITHOUT GOD/WITHOUT THE CHRIST, so it fails because it puts it faith in MAN. Socialism is forced dependence of men upon HUMAN GOVT, and the Bible tells us we are fools to trust men...still if you want to help old mother nature, since you are responsible for you, sucide it the most "common sense" solution, rather than murder or the state deciding who needs to die to "Save the world" [but please don't kill yourself] This ole "religious nutjob" is glad you are back for more.

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