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Last month, after the National Science Teachers Association declined to hand out free copies of the global warming documentary An Inconvenient Truth, one of the film’s producers announced plans to distribute the copies directly to educators via the Internet. Whether they’ll actually be able show the DVD in class is another matter. After an evangelical Christian parent complained about a planned screening of the Al Gore-narrated film in his daughter’s 7th grade science class, the school board in Federal Way, Washington, first banned and then placed rigorous restrictions on the movie’s classroom use. Among other things, the DVD can only be shown when it’s balanced by alternative perspectives approved by the school principal and district superintendent. But, as several residents pointed out during the board’s public meetings on the issue, opposing views on the science of global warming are seen as increasingly dubious. “The only thing I have found so far is an article in Newsweek called ‘The Cooling World,’” said Kay Walls, the teacher at the center of the controversy. The piece was written almost 40 years ago.

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I've got news for Kay Walls: she shouldn't be a teacher if she is so woefully incapable of finding opposing views on the global warming issue. Many in the scientific community dispute the notion that "man's activities" are the cause of global warming. The problem is that the mainstream media and those with a $take in the issue refuse to acknowledge any opposition to their view.

One place to start researching the facts is none other than the US Senate Committe on the Environment and Public Works. (epw.senate.gov/public).

The article she refers to -- a 40-year-old piece from Newsweek -- is about the "global cooling scare" the environmental groups and the media were propounding in the 1970's.

Ah, what happened to global cooling?

It’s funny that you should mention the US Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works. This committee put together a study group a couple of years ago composed of government scientists (often heavily criticized by the scientific community) and led by not a scientist, but ExxonMobil ex-CEO Lee Raymond . The study was torn to shreds by the scientific community and Lee Raymond returned to Exxon as the board chairman. Speaking of ExxonMobil, here is a great article on their extensive efforts to debunk global warming.
http://www.motherjones.com/news/feature/2005/05/some_like_it_hot.html

The biggest argument for discrediting global warming is that the evidence is "inconclusive" and therefore discredited. This is the same line of thinking that leads millions of nut bags to argue that Sept 11 wasn't the act of terrorists. In any case, global warming or not, no one can honestly say that dumping billions of tons of toxic chemicals into the atmosphere is harmless. This stuff will kill you if you directly inhale it or are in a confined space with it for to long. Yet we readily expel it into the air we breathe. Honestly, it doesn't make a whole lot of sense.

The main gas implicated in the greenhouse theory of global warming is CO2. This is not a "toxic chemical" but rather what those reading this are emitting right now by breathing.

There are two persuasive reasons that I am skeptical of the theory. First, the computer models have only a century of data with which to predict what could be as much as a 26,000 year cycle. Therefore, truth is in the eye of the programmer. Second, the most visible proponent of the theory, Al Gore, lives here in Nashville and has a carbon footprint the size of Texas. If it's a life or death issue, why is he not down with some action?

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