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Skeptic Challenges Climate Science Education

Veteran global warming gadfly David Wojick is mounting a challenge to the way climate science is being taught in our schools, and raising money online for his venture. At the same time, Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt says he wants to mount teams to debate climate science, according to the Washington Post..


Full disclosure: David Wojick is a friend for over 25 years, and wrote articles for me when I was the founding editor of Electricity Daily from 1993 to 2006. Also, he’s a very smart guy, with a civil engineering degree and PE certification, a masters’ in mathematics, and a Ph.D. (in actual philosophy) in the field of epistemology, or how do we know what we think we know, specializing in mathematical logic and conceptual analysis. He was recently a senior consultant at the Energy Department’s Office of Scientific and Technical Information.

Wojick is seeking crowd funding for a website portal, he writes, “that collects and distributes materials to teach about the climate debate,” including new teaching materials. He says, “The purpose of this project is to help bring some balance to the teaching of climate science, particularly in grades K-12, but also in college.”

Currently, says Wojick, the pedagogy of climate science is skewed toward alarmism. “Both the federal government and many green advocacy groups maintain websites that distribute climate teaching materials. These materials teach that dangerous human induced climate change is settled science, which is far from true.”

“The reality,” says Wojick, “is that dangerous human influence on climate is completely unproven and the subject of intense scientific debate.” He says his goal is to create a website that offers teaching materials that balance what is being offered by the advocates of global warming. “The first step toward creating balance in climate education is to provide teaching materials that properly present the scientific debate as it actually is. This is done with a simple website.”