Thursday, January 17, 2008

Climate talk cancelled in Montana high school

Interesting article in the NYTimes today about how a talk on changes to the earth's climate due to the warming of the Earth was cancelled at a high school. See here. The speaker was Steven W. Running, lead author of the report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change given to the U.N. last year. This is same U.N. group that shares the Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore.

Opposition to the talk at a school in rural Montana arose because another side of the global warming argument was not going to be given. Too bad Steven Running is a scientist and not a political figure with an agenda. Unfortunately for the students and town members an informative talk on a critical issue was not given. Moreover, they missed out on a chance to have a Nobel laureate to speak to the students.

You can also look at this in terms of education in our country and how we are falling behind in the sciences and mathematics. One of the greatest strengths of our country is having innovation and technology that can lead us into the future, giving us an edge over the rest of the world. Its disturbing that a Nobel laureate can be turned down from talking to a group of potential leaders of our nation. It may seem like a stretch, or an isolated incident, but it is indicative of a larger problem.

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