Re: [asa] Global Warming and creationism in the news

From: Rich Blinne <rich.blinne@gmail.com>
Date: Fri Sep 05 2008 - 11:49:58 EDT

On Fri, Sep 5, 2008 at 7:40 AM, j burg <hossradbourne@gmail.com> wrote:

> News note -- the Rep vp candidate has apparently questioned the IPCC
> reports of global warming.

While she admits that the climate may be changing and it will have a
significant impact on Alaska she denies that it is caused by humans. The
following Glen Beck interview puts her views in context (at 4:20 into the
video):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3jnbiHAMuY

She also, in a 2006 speech, favored
> teaching creationism in the public schools.

Unlike the climate change position, this one shows some more "nuance". Her
father was a science teacher and had debates with his daughter asking her
questions such as "How old are these fossils?" She viewed this kind of
interaction positively and saw similar debates in science classes --
particularly if student initiated -- as a good thing. When pushed on details
she said she believed in a Creator but would not go beyond that. All of this
comes from before she was governor. During the election she promised not to
push her views on the state and unlike Louisiana governor, Bobby Jindal,
didn't interfere with science education. In the latter case, Governor Jindal
signed into law SB 733 which will
allow teachers to introduce into the classroom "supplemental textbooks
and other instructional materials" about evolution, the origins of
life, global warming and human cloning.
For examples of what this "supplemental information" would look like see:

http://www.textaddons.com/

Rich Blinne
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