The National Academy of Sciences teaches climate advocacy, not science

The prestigious US National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is off the rails when it comes to teaching kids about climate change. They have an exhaustive lesson plan for middle and high school kids that teaches a great deal of alarmist advocacy and very little science. NAS has clearly lost sight of its role as the trusted science advisor to the US Government. Al Gore could have written this lesson.

The lesson plan is called Climate Change Webquest. As the name “Webquest” suggests, it is basically a framework that ties together a lot of alarmist websites, which the students go to, to find answers for specific questions. (Some of these sites are not suitable for middle schoolers, but then neither is the framework.)

The structure of the framework gives away the game. The Webquest is supposed to be undertaken by a group of five students, each of which plays a specific role. Here are the roles:
1. Climate Scientist
2. Policy Analyst (!)
3. Economist
4. Energy Expert
5. Urban Planner

Clearly this is about policy, not science. In fact the scientist’s primary role is merely to say

13425083 – happy teenage middle school or highschool students in class.

that CO2 emissions are creating dangerous climate change. Then the other four players try to redesign society in order to solve this bogus problem. Their product is a “strategy portfolio,” including proposed new laws.

To top this fiasco off, the students are working for the United Nations. I am not making this up. Here is the specific charge to the children:

In this activity, you are being called upon by the United Nations to examine the causes and potential impacts of global warming and to develop policy recommendations for adoption by UN member nations.

In short they are being trained to be global green policy advocates. There is no science here to speak of. In fact the worksheet that gives the questions that the students are to be graded on specifically asks about just two things — CO2 versus temperature, and computer model predictions of the future. Presumably this is designed to keep them from wandering into real science while on their quest.

Given this policy charge it is not surprising that most of the links are to UN and US Federal websites. There are also links to some of the wacky State of California climate initiatives, which are presented as exemplars. Then too there are links to numerous advocacy groups, especially the radical Union of Concerned Scientists.

Among the book links we find these scaremongering specials:

1. “The Weather Makers: How Man Is Changing the Climate and What It Means for Life on Earth” by Tim Flannery.

2. “Big Coal: The Dirty Secret Behind America’s Energy Future” by Jeff Goodell.

3. And of course “An Inconvenient Truth” by Al Gore.

Unfortunately the many links to the alarmist Obama era EPA webpages all still work. Officially EPA says the pages are gone but they are still there, just one click further away than they used to be. Clicking on an EPA link in the NAS student instructions takes one to an EPA page which says that page is being updated. However that page includes a link to the “archived version” of the old page.

In conclusion, the US National Academy of Sciences has no business pushing junk like this to children. NAS is charted by Congress to provide objective advice to the Federal Government, not to brainwash kids. This so-called Webquest is one of the worst alarmist lesson plans that I have ever seen and there are a lot of contenders.

It is no wonder that people are losing faith in the scientific establishment. Climate change alarmism is ruining science.

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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.

  • David Albert

    How is this a part of the mission of the NAS or even the federal government? Mission creep is endemic to the swamp and the drainers need to find the right preventative measures to not only stop and prevent it but roll back as much as possible that which is already in place.

    • J T

      “Mission creep” is too kind a term for this.

  • MarcJ

    Tom Steyer, a billionaire environmental activist from
    California, wants to blast the issue of “Climate Change” to the front lines of
    American politics. His super PAC, NextGen Climate, spent about $100 million
    this election cycle to influence several Senate and governor’s races in which “climate
    change” could play a major role. Comrade Steyer thus joins a few other total
    cretins – Kerry, Gore, the United Nations socialist clique, and the Pope –
    riding that dead horse even as we enter the 21st consecutive year of
    GLOBAL COOLING. That is the reason the criminal creeps had to change the name
    of their scam “Global Warming” into the new hoax “Climate Change”, all the time
    “recalibrating” their instruments and “refining” their computer models – retroactively!

  • Wayne Snyder

    Follow the money. It always takes you to the true source and philosophy.

  • Siding WithConservatives

    Trump is in power because Christians got on their knees in 2016 and without that same reliance on the God of truth in the battle against the wicked hoard of climate change advocates, we will not defeat the evil deception of climate change. God is the God of truth and if you honor Him as such, He will act on your behalf. If you choose to ignore His truth and power, you will not win this fight. 2nd Chronicles 7:14

    Sound black and white?……well in their very essence, these battles really boil down to evil versus good. Thankfully God is able is to defend and give victory to the truthful and righteous.

  • You can either teach quantitative classical experimentally demonstrable physics or you can teach Gore/Hansen GHG junk ; you can’t teach both .

    • DavidAppell

      The Stefan-Boltzmann law is experimentally demonstrable.
      So is Planck’s law.
      So is the molecular spectrum of CO2, water vapor, CH4, N2O, etc.
      From there it’s a matter of putting all the pieces together and calculation.

      Verifying the results:

      “Radiative forcing – measured at Earth’s surface – corroborate the increasing greenhouse effect,” R. Philipona et al, Geo Res Letters, v31 L03202 (2004)
      http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2003GL018765/abstract

      “Observational determination of surface radiative forcing by CO2 from 2000 to 2010,” D. R. Feldman et al, Nature 519, 339–343 (19 March 2015)
      http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v519/n7543/full/nature14240.html

      • BigWaveDave

        The Stefan-Boltzmann law is experimentally demonstrable.
        So is Planck’s law.
        So is the molecular spectrum of CO2, water vapor, CH4, N2O, etc.

        Agreed, but these have next to nothing to do with atmospheric, surface or ocean temperatures.

        From there it’s a matter of putting all the pieces together and calculation.

        What you and other colluding charlatans do is deplorable. There is no theory that explains how ghg radiative forcing from CO2 could possibly cause measurable temperature change.

        • DavidAppell

          Have you ever heard of the two-stream equations?

          • BigWaveDave

            Yes. What do they have to do with atmospheric, surface or ocean temperatures?

            Can you state a theory that explains how ghg radiative forcing from CO2 could possibly cause measurable temperature change?

            • DavidAppell

              So you’ve heard of the 2-stream equations, but you have no idea what they say about atmospheric temperatures.

              I’m calling you out on a lie — I don’t think you have the slightest idea what the two-stream equations are about.

              • BigWaveDave

                I’m calling you out on a lie — I don’t think you have the slightest idea what the two-stream equations are about.

                They are about misinterpreting Planck with Kirchoff’s law, and using the results to obfuscate the obvious violations of 1LoT and 2LoT.

            • DavidAppell

              BigWaveDave wrote:
              “Can you state a theory that explains how ghg radiative forcing from CO2 could possibly cause measurable temperature change?”

              How can you deny AGW yet be so stupid as to not even understand the most basic aspects of it?

              You should be ashamed of being so ignorant.

              • BigWaveDave

                How can you deny AGW yet be so stupid as to not even understand the most basic aspects of it?

                There are no basic aspects of it, because no one has ever stated a theory that could explain how such an idiotic idea could be physically possible.

            • DavidAppell

              Clearly you have no idea what the two-stream equations are.

              You keep commenting, but never take time out to learn.

              • BigWaveDave

                Clearly you are a charlatan.

                • DavidAppell

                  Lame reply. Why is it you comment so often yet never take the time to learn about any of the science?

                  • BigWaveDave

                    When I see stupidity being passed off as science by charlatans like yourself, who are too stupid to understand how to compare latent heat to specific heat, and who repeatedly try to dodge the fact that they have no theory that explains how their idiotic beliefs could possibly be true, I fell a duty to point that out.

        • DavidAppell

          If you don’t understand how the SB equation pertains to planetary temperature, you are too stupid to have to the right to converse on climate science.

          Does’nt being so ignorant embarrass you?

          • BigWaveDave

            No, idiot. I’ve told you before how your idiotic fantasies are totally stupid, like you. You ignore Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer. You are such a moron, you think cold warms hot.

            • DavidAppell

              So you’re the big expert on all this, huh?

              What an f-ing joke.

              • BigWaveDave

                Well, unlike yourself, I’m expert enough in Heat Transfer and Thermodynamics to understand the units of specific heat and latent heat, and how they can be compared with each other.

                Two stream equations between black bodies in a vacuum aren’t applicable to the atmosphere anyway. Especially if they violate the first and second laws of Thermodynamics.

                • DavidAppell

                  You lack knowledge.

                  1. The two-stream equations aren’t applied to blackbodies in a vacuum, they’re applied in the Earth’s atmosphere in the IR>
                  2. Do you even understand what a partial differential equation IS?
                  3. The certainly don’t violate any laws of thermodynamics. And you couldn’t specify how they might,anyway.

                  Your scientific and mathematical knowledge is pitiful.

                  • BigWaveDave

                    1. The two-stream equations aren’t applied to blackbodies in a vacuum, they’re applied in the Earth’s atmosphere in the IR>

                    Even when they don’t apply.

                    2. Do you even understand what a partial differential equation IS?

                    Yes, but from you, an irrelevant straw man.

                    3. The[y] certainly don’t violate any laws of thermodynamics. And you couldn’t specify how they might,anyway.

                    You violate only the first and second LoTs. You can’t state a theory of how the CO2 in the atmosphere could possible cause measurable warming. Trying to specify how you might try would at best be humorous, but inevitably futile.

                    You are a charlatan with no useful knowledge of Thermodynamics or Heat Transfer.

                    • DavidAppell

                      Why don’t the two-stream equations apply to the Earth’s atmosphere in the infrared?

                    • BigWaveDave

                      There aren’t any layers. The Earth is not a constant heat source emitting 240 W/m^2. Cold can’t heat hot.

                    • DavidAppell

                      I told you this a few years ago. It’s still true:

                      1) The Earth and atmosphere emit infrared radiation.
                      2) CO2 and other greenhouse gases absorb infrared radiation.
                      3) These excited atmospheric molecules then re-emit the infrared radiation in a random direction, some of it downward.
                      4) The Earth’s surface gains a net amount of infrared radiation. Hence it warms.

                      And you haven’t learned anything in the interim.

                    • BigWaveDave

                      That is just plain stupid. Especially coming from someone who claims to have a PhD. Your institution should be embarrassed.

                  • BigWaveDave

                    You are an idiot. Your hubris is a hundred times your intellect.

                    • DavidAppell

                      You can’t even conjure up a semi-intelligent response, only a 5th grade insult. Lame.

                    • BigWaveDave

                      You have proven that you know nothing about specific heat or latent heat. You can’t state a theory that explains how warming from CO2 in the atmosphere could be possible. Who’s work did you copy to get your PhD?

                    • DavidAppell

                      You’re blocked, for your inability to respond scientifically and dispassionately.

                    • BigWaveDave

                      My my, you have said that before. Whats the matter? You can’t figure out why the surface would be warmer with an atmosphere than without, whether the atmosphere contains your “ghg”s or not?

                  • BigWaveDave

                    You lack sense. You also lack theory and knowledge. You know zip about the physical properties of the matter involved in the operation of the rotary regenerative heat exchanger called Earth.

  • James H. Rust

    This paper is found at

    COMMON CORE’S CLIMATE INDOCTRINATION
    “Our science programs should stimulate students to have an inquiring mind–the very opposite of the science-is-settled, “consensus science” mindset. Obama’s Common Core is a Trojan Horse mixing propaganda with science for our youth…. [Such] one-size-fits-all learning smacks of collectivism in place of individual initiative.”

    • Sandy Vought

      Our schools no longer teach children how to THINK FOR THEMSELVES….they just Regurgitate….frightening…

    • David Wojick

      James, your detailed analysis is on the money, with one minor exception. The NAS Framework led to the Next Generation Science Standards, which are not part of Common Core. I discuss the NGSS stuff briefly here :
      http://www.cfact.org/2017/08/10/balanced-climate-education-action-items/
      and at some length in two articles linked to therein.

      But Common Core sneaks pseudoscience into its English standard. Instead of reading literature, the English teacher gives the students short science texts to comprehend. There is an obvious opportunity for spreading climate alarmism here, especially given that few English teachers know the science.

  • Sandy Vought

    It is no wonder that children are loosing faith in their adults when they are fed this type of drivel and then regurgitate it to each other and finally receive an A+

  • RoscoeBonifitucci

    Yep. We now have a “Ministry of Truth”.
    Dear Lord – Help Trump Drain the Cesspool of Washington DC.
    Amen. And AMEN.

  • jmac

    CFACT a right wing troll tank funded by the the fossil fuel boys.

    • BigWaveDave

      Professional trolls like jmac, cunundiun and Robert are examples of the kind of idiots that have been produced by Climate Change Webquest and programs like it. They have no theory. They just believe.

      • jmac

        Maybe, and stay with me here, you should consult scientists about science rather than folks who shill for the fossil fuel corps.

        • BigWaveDave

          If you had any idea what the science is, you would be able to state a theory that could explain how your stupid beliefs could possibly be true.

          • jmac

            Think about it. Every single credible science institution in the World vs. the far right wing political party.

            Your pride in being ignorant and asking easily found questions is duly noted tool

            • BigWaveDave

              No. It’s science against politics.

              Your ignorance shown by your not being able to state a theory that explains how your silly beliefs could possibly be true, suggests your motives are purely political.

              • jmac

                Your pride in being willfully ignorant and asking easily found questions is duly noted too.

                • BigWaveDave

                  You are the one who can’t state at theory to explain why you believe CO2 affects climate or temperatures in any measurable way.

                  • jmac

                    Your pride in being willfully stupid and asking easily found questions is duly noted. An 8th grade science class awaits your enrollment.

                    • BigWaveDave

                      If you could state a theory of how your ridiculous nonsense could be true, why haven’t you?

                    • Dutch

                      Love how all your posts are calling other people trolls, when indeed, you are the pathetic retarded troll.

                      “Then you must really hate your White Supremacist President.
                      We may have to execute him for the crime of Treason.”

                      Remember liking that comment, you pathetic piece of dripping trash?

                    • jmac

                      Don’t really remember liking that post, but I don’t have a problem with it at all. Trump and his band of Kremlin kissing lackeys and white supremacists can go straight to hell, as far as I’m concerned.

                    • Dutch

                      At least you openly admit to being a piece of trashy shit.

                      Your idiot head will make nice wall decoration when the SHTF.

                    • jmac

                      Hell, you can’t even read. Typical trumper.

                    • Dutch

                      I can’t read? Are you a fvcking retard? Clearly.

                      Amazing how low the IQs are on your side, moron.

                    • jmac

                      Yep, you can’t read with comprehension. Go find some Russian or white supremacist to play with and make you feel better.

                    • Dutch

                      Please, point out my error, oh wise retard.

                      Fvcking pathetic trash.

                    • jmac

                      You exposed yourself when you tried to put words in my mouth as to what I said. But, anyway what’s the point you wouldn’t understand it anyway.

                    • Dutch

                      You liked a comment, when pressed about it, you claimed you agreed with the comment.

                      You are a goddamned idiot piece of dripshit trash. Go fvck yourself, moron.

                    • jmac

                      You too easy. Go find some Russian or white supremacist to play with and make you feel better.

                    • Dutch

                      Too easy? You are pathetic lying trash. Go drown in a puddle, dripshit.

                    • jmac

                      Yep, you too easy. Like a cat playing with a ball of yarn and you are the ball of yarn.

                    • Dutch

                      Love how the low IQ piece of trash thinks he is the one playing.

                      Moron, you aren’t even smart enough to know how stupid you are. Saying blatant lies ISNT MESSING WITH ANYONE, IT IS A SIGN OF MENTAL ILLNESS, you idiot fvck!!

                      Goddamn, you are dumber than shit!!

                    • jmac

                      Go find some Russian or white supremacist to play with and make you feel better. If I hold an audition for some Russian or white supremacist dipshyt, I’ll give you a call.

                    • Dutch

                      Love the tin foil hattery, little bitch, but don’t you know that if you take conspiracy theory cues from the mainstream that you are as pathetic as a flat earther?

                      Goddamn morons and their nothing burgers…

                      The DNC: Whining[sic] elections for the GOP since 2016

                    • jmac

                      Another time wasting trolling deplorable working overtime to prove he is depolorable.

                    • Dutch

                      Love the blatant and pathetic hypocrisy.

                      You are just one more reason why Trump will win again in 2020. Going to invest in paper tissue stocks…the DNC is going to buy out the industry!!!

                    • jmac

                      Republican consultant Steve Schmidt: Tillerson ‘called Trump a f*cking moron, which is the highest rank of moron achievable’ 🙂

                    • Dutch

                      Everyone calls their boss a fvckin a moron, retard. Of course, you never having been a boss, wouldn’t know that, would you, inept garbage?

                    • jmac

                      LOL, trump tell you that? I bet you just made that up, like a fake Trump news story.

                    • Dutch

                      2020 – Return of the leftist tears

                    • jmac

                      Well as long as you dumfvks keep being willfully ignorant.

                      “And so, we have an incompetent president, judged unfit by the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee — and by the way, all of the Republican senators behind closed doors acknowledge this.”
                      ….Republican consultant Steve Schmidt:

                    • Dutch

                      “Senate Foreign Relations Committee”

                      Yes, because we all know that the SFRC runs America and not the people…wait…

                      Dumbass.

                    • jmac

                      Trump is not just a garden variety moron.

                      “He called him an f’ing moron, which not for nothing, is the highest rank of moron that’s achievable,” Schmidt quipped.

            • BigWaveDave

              You would think that if there were any validity to the the nonsense you worship, that someone would have stated a theory that could explain how it could be possible, but obviously no one has.

              • jmac

                You’re the only ignorant person I know that doesn’t know it.

                • BigWaveDave

                  Obviously you don’t.

        • BigWaveDave

          I don’t need to consult anyone to see that there is no science behind the AGW/CC BS. You and your buds prove that every time you post without stating a theory that explains how CO2 could possibly control temperature.