NASA still teaching climate alarmism

We were very thankful when EPA took down is deeply alarmist climate “education” website. However, taken as a whole, NASA’s climate alarmism websites are much larger and still there. In fact they are still being updated. Here is a quick look at just some of these, which really need to come down. There are two major sites plus a number of smaller ones.

The first major pseudo-educational website is “NASA’s Climate Kids.” This is a vast collection, including games, projects, videos and lots of fancy pictures. The basic message is summarized this way:

What is making Earth’s climate warmer?

Scientists have discovered that humans are causing this warming.

But how do they know that? What are we doing that could cause the whole planet to get warmer? And how could warming happen so fast? What will happen to people and other living things if the planet keeps getting warmer? And what can we do to slow down or stop the warming?

So there it is, the alarmist credo: Humans are the problem but we can stop it. And of course the big culprit is CO2. The entire Climate Kids website is devoted to answering the listed leading questions with alarmist dogma.

A lot of the content targets younger children, even though climate change is typically taught in middle or high school. In fact the games range from coral bleaching and endangered species to renewable energy and carbon offsets, none of which are suitable for young children. But the presentations are artfully simple minded.

The second huge website is “Global Climate Change: Vital Signs of the planet.” This has somewhat more technical content, but there is a lot geared to middle and high school. As the alarming term “vital signs” suggests, the central theme here is also that humans are threatening the planet, especially with CO2, but they can be stopped.

The Home Page prominently features five scary numbers: CO2 level (going up), global temperature (going up), Arctic ice (going down), land ice (going down) and sea level (going up).

There is even a lengthy argument from authority, specifically a “scientific consensus” page, which includes the ridiculous 97% claim, saying this:

Multiple studies published in peer-reviewed scientific journals show that 97 percent or more of actively publishing climate scientists agree: Climate-warming trends over the past century are extremely likely due to human activities. In addition, most of the leading scientific organizations worldwide have issued public statements endorsing this position. The following is a partial list of these organizations, along with links to their published statements and a selection of related resources.”

On the pseudo-education side, rather than presenting specific teaching materials they present links to a large number of other websites that present such materials. Many of these are other NASA sites, plus NASA-funded sites, and a few others. In addition to the massive Climate Kids, here are some of the other NASA related sites, each quite large:

Climate Change Lessons: JPL Education

NASA Wavelength

ESSEA Climate Education modules

NASA Innovations in Climate Education

PBS/NASA Global Climate Change Modules

Taken together, all of these supposedly educational, alarmist websites dwarf the EPA site, as well as every other federal agency site. Moreover, NASA is a science agency, unlike EPA which is a regulatory agency. NASA also markets heavily to children, especially using the lure of space stuff.

That NASA is still selling Obama-era alarmism to children is intolerable. It is also clearly inconsistent with Trump Administration policy. Unfortunately the President has yet to even nominate an Administrator for NASA. Instead, the acting Administrator is Robert Lightfoot, who was Associate Administrator under President Obama.

Cleary what is needed it to redirect NASA’s sprawling climate education efforts away from alarmism. Either that or terminate them.

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About the Author: David Wojick, Ph.D.

David Wojick is a journalist and policy analyst. He holds a doctorate in epistemology, specializing in the field of Mathematical Logic and Conceptual Analysis.

  • LINER011

    I think that half of NASA is cluttered with this liberal nonsense. Since the inauguration I have been complaining that the NASA Climate Consensus page is still on-line. How can this once prestigious organization have a page referencing the kook John Cook from Skeptical Science, and the Doran-Zimmerman survey, where they hand picked which responses to count?
    NASA take down this page, it’s rubbish and it should not have the NASA seal of approval.
    https://climate.nasa.gov/scientific-consensus/