Saturday, September 29, 2007

Scholastic Publishes Global Warming Scare Book

Children are increasingly being exposed to reports of the coming catastrophic climate change and the terrors of global warming. The emotional toll this is taking on young children is growing and parents may not know how to alleviate those fears or articulate the reasons that those fears are unfounded. It's a hard job to be the lone voice that tells them that everything they are studying in school about climate change is based on a falsehood.

To make matters worse, Inconvenient Truth co-producer Laurie David and cohort Cambria Gordon have written <>The Down to Earth Guide to Global Warming which uses a carbon dioxide/temperature graph to show children how man is effecting climate change but with the lines mislabeled, making the assertions of the book incorrect when it states that temperature follows global warming. Scholastic Books, who have published The Down To Earth Guide To Global Warming has had to admit that the graph is erroneous and will correct it, but the text saying that the graph proves anthropogenic global warming theory will be unchanged.

Children across the country regularly receive Scholastic book order forms in school. If they get an order form offering this book, it would serve as a great opportunity to talk to your children about global warming and the problems with the current theories.

For back-up, download and print the report from the Science and Public Policy Institute website that explains the errors in the book. But don't expect to be popular with teachers and the school. When my daughter explained to her teacher that she didn't believe what they were being taught about global warming, her teacher reacted in disbelief and behaved as if my daugher were committing a treasonous act.

From the SPPI report by Robert Ferguson:

What really makes the David-Gordon graph “amazing” is that it’s egregiously counterfactual. Worse, in order to contrive a visual representation for their claim that CO2 controls temperature change, the authors present unsuspecting children with an altered temperature and CO2 graph that reverses the relationship found in the scientific literature.

The manipulation is critical because David’s central premise posits that CO2 drives temperature, yet the peer-reviewed literature is unanimous that CO2 changes have historically followed temperature changes.

Case in point, on page 103 of their book, David cites the work of Siegenthaler et al. (2005). However, Siegenthaler et al. clearly state the opposite, that CO2 lags “with respect to the Antarctic temperature over glacial terminations V to VII are 800, 1600, and 2800 years, respectively, which are consistent with earlier observations during the last four glacial cycles.”

“Parents and teachers should be concerned enough to demand that the publisher, Scholastic Books, recall, pulp and correct the error before mores copies reach innocent children.,” said Ferguson.


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