OIt’s been weeks since Hurricane Ian made landfall and it’s time to start asking your students about what their teachers are teaching them about climate disasters in our local schools.

The Fayette County School Board has a duty to our taxpaying parents and their students to ensure that false narratives about the political climate are not spread in our local classrooms. It is imperative that the BOE requires our teachers to use evidence based science on climate disasters.

Maybe Ian can convince us to commit to the greatest service that can be done to any country: stop scaring and lying to our children.

Educators imitating the news media as agents of propaganda

As 150mph winds ravaged the coastline, leftist news outlets made a pathetic attempt to push the climate alarmist narrative about natural disasters.

At a time when the need for simple, composed deliberation has never been greater, madness is pouring in. Literally the same week cultural authorities claimed that biological sex did not exist, the Vice President declared on international television that the United States had an exceptional working relationship with the People’s Republic of North Korea, the Urban politicians have said not punishing crime will lead to less crime, and Georgia’s Democratic gubernatorial candidate has said a fetal heartbeat is a myth.

Unfortunately, many media outlets will feature pundits covering up these lies just as they do climate alarmism.

CNN’s beleaguered anchor Don Lemon attempted to frame Hurricane Ian around climate change on his Tuesday show and his guest was a federal government hurricane expert (see: https://www.dailymail .co.uk/news/article-11258583/Don-Lemon-reduced-silence-CNN-guest-trying-blame-Hurricane-Ian-climate-change.html).

“Can you tell us what it is [hurricane] is and what effect does climate change have on this phenomenon? Lemon asked his guest, Jamie Rohme, acting director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Hurricane Center in Miami.

“We can come back and talk about climate change later,” Rohme said. “I want to focus on the here and now.”

“You said you wanted to talk about climate change, but what effect is climate change having on this phenomenon that’s happening right now?” Lemon asked again. “Because it looks like these storms are intensifying. That’s the question.

“I don’t think you can tie climate change to any particular event,” Rohme explained. “Overall, as a whole, climate change can make storms worse, but to tie it to a specific event, I would caution against it.”

Major points of courtesy for NOAA’s Jamie Rohme, refraining from outright telling Lemon he was full of horse hockey on national television.

Teaching our students to track the huge Green New Deal money

Brad Polumbo, co-founder of Based-Politics.com, describes climate change propaganda as “a concentrated effort to exploit natural disaster to advance a Green-New-Deal-esque climate change agenda. The starkest example of this blatant politicization is a now-viral interview in which CNN host Don Lemon repeatedly tries to get an expert to blame Hurricane Ian for climate change.

No one can smell easy money like the daring duo of John Kerry and Al Gore. There are trillions of dollars of government research and industry incentives behind the push for climate alarmism. (Note: Members of Congress also want a piece of the pie and have blocked the Combating Financial Conflicts of Interest in Government Act bill that would prevent members of Congress, spouses and dependent children from committing crimes of insiders with buying, selling and trading stocks.).

Kerry and Gore are trying to force the World Bank to inject money into their climate programs. The Wall Street Journal editorial board put it this way: “When Al Gore, John Kerry and the New York Times gang up on someone, you know a political coup is afoot. That’s what happened last week to World Bank President David Malpass for the sin of failing to turn the international lending institution into an arm of the Democratic Party’s climate change policy.

Kerry’s ultra-high carbon footprint[s] that the bank is not doing enough to fight climate change, which really means that the bank is not being dictated by it.

Natural disasters are the ultimate marketing propaganda to create public fear and extort money from governments. Kerry and Gore prostitute climate fear to the detriment of the world’s developing nations that must have affordable energy to succeed.

The editorial board concluded:[Climate Czar] Kerry may even deliver poor countries to needless hunger because of rising prices and possibly a global shortage of natural gas for fertilizer. Climate monomania is easier to preach with a view of the sea from a cliff in Martha’s Vineyard than from a village with unreliable electricity in the Congo.

Our local students deserve to know the global ramifications.

What does the scientific data say?

Our science teachers should not be afraid to cite scientific data that challenges political discourse. Chris Landsea, head of the Tropical Analysis and Forecasting Branch at the Federal National Hurricane Center in Miami, and Tom Knutson, senior scientist at the government’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory in Princeton, NJ, wrote a paper titled “Can Do we detect a change in Atlantic hurricanes? today due to human-induced climate change? »

The two top scientists concluded, “The fundamental answer to the question in the title is: No, we cannot confidently detect a trend today in observed Atlantic hurricane activity due to the change human-caused climate (driven by greenhouse gases). Some human influence may be present although still below the threshold of reliable detection.

Three Books Our Teachers and Students Should Debate

Before you and your public school system begin to create intense fear, anxiety, and physical harm in your children, read these three books:

1. “Apocalypse Never, Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us All” by Michael Shellenberger, Time magazine’s “environmental hero” and guest expert for the upcoming Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Assessment Report ).

2. “Unsettled, What climate science tell us, what it not, and why it matter” by Steven E. Koonin, former Obama Undersecretary for Science at the US Department of Energy, over 200 papers reviewed by peers in physics and astrophysics, scientific computing, energy technology and policy, and climate science.

3. “False alarm, how the climate change panic is costing us billions, hurting the poor and failing to fix the planet” by Bjorn Lomborg, named one of the magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” Time, a “Top 100 Global Thinker” Foreign Policy, and “one of the 50 people who could save the planet” by The Guardian.

First, reassure our children that the number of people who die in natural disasters has dropped dramatically over time (see Figure 1 below).

“Despite what you may have heard, Atlantic hurricanes are not becoming more frequent. Nor are there more powerful hurricanes. The frequency of Category 3 and above hurricanes making landfall since 1900 is also down slightly (see figure 2 below).

a july [2021] The journal Nature finds that the rise in severe hurricanes you’ve heard so much about “is not part of a century-scale rise, but part of a recovery from a deep minimum in the years 1960 to 1980” (Bjorn Lomborg, WSJ, September 15, 2021).

Shellenberg cites that “While Florida experienced eighteen major hurricanes between 1900 and 1959, it experienced only eleven from 1960 to 2018.”

Koonin laments that many government science reports aim to bolster the narrative of political climate alarmism to appease activists while providing the truth buried deep within the report documents.

For example, the 2014 National Climate Assessment, Key Message 8, asserted that the number and severity of hurricanes have increased since the early 1980s. However, on page 769, buried in the text of the appendix 3, Koonin found the conclusion clear: “There had been no significant trend in the global number of tropical cyclones and no trend was identified in the number of hurricanes making landfall in the United States. ”

Koonin says, “The IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report (AR5), available in late 2013, clearly indicates that there is low confidence in any long-term increase in hurricane activity.

Koonin points out that Section 9.2 of the 2017 Special Climate Science Report (CSSR) shows low confidence in the existence of an enduring trend with hurricanes and that “we certainly cannot attribute one to human influences.” .

Hurricane strength looks more dangerous because the coastal population has grown more dramatically over the past half century. Far more people live in the path of these destructive storms than just a few decades ago.

Lomborg is quick to point out that societal adaptations such as better infrastructure and building codes protect lives while alarmist reports cited in the media imply no adaptation.

A disappointed Koonin says, “As far as the media is concerned, citing hurricanes as an example of the devastation of man-made climate change is at best unconvincing, and at worst simply dishonest.

Albert Einstein said: “The right to seek the truth also implies a duty; one should not hide any part of what one has acknowledged to be true. Our BOE and our teachers need to remove politics from our science classrooms and deliberate on genuine science.

Radical climate alarmists and climate profiteers are fueling a false narrative through complicit news media. The result is anxiety and depression in our young people who needlessly fear an Earth-ending climate catastrophe.

It’s time to stop misleading our students.

[Brown is a former mayor of Peachtree City and served two terms on the Fayette County Board of Commissioners.]