Originally Published: November 4, 2010 9:58 p.m.
Our students are falling further behind the rest of the world in their understanding of science and technology. The Oct. 8 complaint from a reader claiming that we are wasting tax dollars with a NASA webpage on climate change is inaccurate.
Let us be clear: All climate scientists around the world agree that change has occurred and will become more pronounced if we do not limit the amount of carbon dioxide produced. All the major scientific organizations agreed to this starting with the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. The most recent Fourth Assessment in 2007 by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate reaffirmed the science beyond any doubt.
Those who dismiss climate change are not scientists and usually have their own agendas that include opposition to government regulation and self-interest. Unfortunately, without regulations, many companies would destroy the earth and then move onto the moon in the name of profit. The latest disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is an example of what happens when regulations are not enforced.
Contrary to the letter writer's assertion that a liberal agenda is indoctrinating our kids, it is actually the conservative movement that is keeping them in ignorance of scientific facts and hindering our society from solving our global climate problems.