ATTN: Climate Denial Geezers. Kids Coming for you, too.

February 24, 2018


Emily Her – Idaho Statesman photo

Not just the NRA taking a beating among the emerging generation.

Turns out young people don’t want their planet to be par-boiled any more than they want to get shot with an AR-15.
Who could have known?

New York Times:

A years-long battle over whether Idaho would require its science teachers to teach about global warming was resolved Thursday when the State Senate education committee voted to adopt standards that included sections on human-caused climate change.

Idaho’s legislature had scrubbed all mentions of human-caused climate change from its teaching standards last year. The State Department of Education then put forth revised standards, but this month the House education committee voted to gut the supporting content, which was designed to help teachers assign coursework and included multiple mentions of climate change. On Thursday, the Senate committee approved the revised standards in full, including the supporting content, on a 6 to 3 vote that drew support from both parties. Because both chambers did not agree to reject the standards, they will go into effect.

State Senator Janie Ward-Engelking of Boise, a Democrat on the education committee, said the supporting content was important to include. “When a new teacher comes in, they need to see all the concepts that they’re responsible to teach,” Ms. Ward-Engelking said. “To be honest, it’s kind of embarrassing that it’s been so controversial.”

The climate science standards won out in part because of activism by students like Senior Emily Her, of Timberline High School in Boise.
Below, in an Op-Ed, she expressed her initial frustration at the roadblocks “conservatives’ kept throwing in the way of science.

Idaho Statesman:

On Feb. 1, I entered the Idaho Capitol to testify in front of the House Education Committee in support of the revised science content standards. I clutched my testimony in one hand, and in the other a thick, binder-clipped petition containing the names of more than 1,000 Idahoans.

Of the hundreds of standards  previously approved, only these five standards referencing anthropogenic climate change were struck down. I knew my audience was the same elected officials that rejected the first incarnation of these standards in 2016. Every year since, these standards have been further developed by a diligent team of scientists and educators with the students’ best interests in mind, yet they continue to be met with skepticism.

Emboldened by the support of public comments (over 99.5 percent favoring the proposed standards), the petition I held that garnered over 1,000 Idahoan signatures in three days, and the absolute belief that students have the right to a holistic education, I sincerely believed my testimony would be heard.

In it I highlighted my experiences as a student engaging in inquiry-based learning. Unfortunately, during my testimony, the words “climate change” spurred an immediate reaction from Chair Julie VanOrden of Pingree. She immediately interrupted me by saying, “Excuse me … but we need to talk about the standards themselves. If you would stick to that topic that would be great.”

Later VanOrden apologized for being misinformed about the topic, but I was stunned by the blatantly unprepared nature of the committee. Not only for censoring me when I was talking about the standards before them, but also for balking at the Idaho Board of Education, the team that worked on the standards, and the public at large, which supports these standards.

The next week the House Education Committee passed the standards on party lines, but removed 25 pages of content. This is a devastating blow to climate science education.

That day I experienced the backlash that just two words – climate change – can have in Idaho. Still, I continue to speak unabashedly. The lack of comprehensive climate standards is foremost a threat to ourselves.

We must be effectors of positive change by supporting the revised science standards in full that include references to anthropogenic climate change. Let us show the Legislature that we’re dedicated to our youth and committed to facts. We need to speak up and write to our senators. The members of our Senate Education Committee must follow our lead and work toward a better future for all.


For the third year in a row, millennials who participated in the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Survey 2017 believe climate change is the most serious issue affecting the world today.

Nearly half (48.8%) of the survey participants chose climate change as their top concern, and 78.1% said they would be willing to change their lifestyle to protect the environment.

Survey respondents were also in near unequivocal agreement over the cause of climate change. Over 91% of respondents answered “agree” and “strongly agree” with the statement “science has proven that humans are responsible for climate change.”


Far and wide, young people consider climate change to be the world’s most serious issue, according to the World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Shaper Survey of more than 31,000 millennials from 186 countries and territories.

Close to half (48.8 percent) of those surveyed chose “climate change/destruction of nature” as their No. 1 concern. This is the third year in a row that 18-to-35-year-olds declared the issue as their biggest global concern.

The vast majority of survey participants also agreed about what causes climate change—91 percent answered “agree” and “strongly agree” with the statement “science has proven that humans are responsible for climate change.”

About 78 percent of respondents also said they are willing to change their lifestyle to protect the environment.

Millennials are a major voting bloc in the U.S., accounting for 36 percent of eligible voters in the 2016 election. Population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau in 2016 also found that millennials surpassed Baby Boomers as the nation’s largest living generation.

But on a sad but related note, the new survey found that more than half (56 percent) of millennials believe that their views are ignored before important decisions are taken in their country.

Spokesman Review – Spokane, WA:

An Idaho Senate committee voted 6-3 on Thursday to approve new school science standards as is and not delete any parts – ending three years of controversy and debate.

Idaho had been the only state in which legislators had successfully removed references to climate change from school science standards. Friday’s vote ends that distinction for the state.

The Senate Education Committee’s vote means the standards, which lawmakers have been reviewing for the past three years, will take effect in full and become permanent. It comes after a House panel this year voted to strip out one of the standards and all of the “supporting content” supplied with each of the standards.

Last year, the same House panel voted to remove five sections dealing with climate change; those were rewritten and resubmitted.

Sen. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d’Alene, who voted with the majority of the committee in favor of the standards, has long made advocacy for STEM education – science, technology, engineering and math – a top priority in his legislative work, and he sponsored legislation to create the state’s STEM Action Center. He said in recent weeks, “Some people have jokingly said to me, ‘If we don’t adopt the standards, it would be called the TEM Action Center.’ ”

At earlier public hearings on the standards held by both the House and Senate education committees, 100 percent of those testifying – including teachers, students, parents, scientists, professors, business leaders and others from throughout the state – supported adopting the standards in full, as is.



2 Responses to “ATTN: Climate Denial Geezers. Kids Coming for you, too.”


    Simply because it is a bit more informative about the details of the final process. But also because it includes a quote from a politician worthy of voting for regardless of political affiliations.

    Sen. Carl Crabtree, R-Grangeville, a rancher and first-term senator, spoke out for the first time on the standards on Thursday. “I haven’t been here that long, but this science standards conversation has been going on since I got here,” he said. “So I try to look at things in a fairly simple way, because I’m a fairly simple guy.”

    “We had a problem,” he said. “We needed some direction on science standards, right? So if I have a sick cow, I call a vet, I call a specialist. We called some specialists, science teachers. We asked them what they thought, they gave us some recommendations. … We ran it by the public, much as I would run it by my neighbors on the cow problem. … We did that, we ran it by the public, the public that actually elected us to sit here.

    “So we take those results. So we brought the results to the Legislature, the Legislature had some conversations about it, didn’t like it so much. So we sent it back through the process. We went to the specialists, we went back to the public, and now we’re back to the Legislature.

    “That process, folks, in my view is kind of the American process of success,” Crabtree said. “And if we don’t believe in that process, then we probably don’t like the product. I believe in the process.”

  2. COMPLETELY OT, literally a blast from the past out of left field
    Including Videos and photos from US Army records

    Secret missile base under Arctic to be exposed by climate change

    The concept is straight from a James Bond novel: a secret underground nuclear missile site buried under the Arctic ice.
    But the outlandish idea became reality when at the height of the Cold War the US readied for a nuclear conflict with Soviet Russia by burying mobile missile launchers under the Greenland ice cap.
    The project, code-named Iceworm, began in 1959 with the construction of buildings deep beneath the snow. Its blue print called for 4000km of tunnels that would enable nuclear missiles to be moved under the ice undetected by Soviet spy satellites.
    Iceworm was so secret the US only told the Danish government – which at the time governed Greenland that the base known as Camp Century was for polar research.
    But in 1968 concerns about unpredictable conditions beneath the ice caused the project to be abandoned.
    About four kilometres of tunnels along with a hospital, church and theatre for the 200 military personnel based there had by then been constructed.
    Also under the ice US Army engineers had installed a power system drawing on a nuclear reactor as well as a plumbing and sewage system.
    US military commanders were confident the base would remain buried beneath the Greenland ice for centuries – along with its hazardous nuclear and chemical materials left 30 to 65m deep.
    But now climate change is set to succeed in disclosing this Cold War secret camp and its toxic contents where espionage and spy satellites failed.
    Jeff Colgan, a scientist at Brown University, predicted Greenland’s warming temperature would lead to pollution of the pristine environment around Camp Century.
    In an article published in Global Environmental Politics, he wrote: “This waste includes tens of thousands of litres of diesel fuel, a substantial but unknown quantity of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and a reportedly small volume of low-level radioactive waste.”
    He fears warming condition will cause the chemicals to leak into the surface water and spread through the food chain.
    In addition to the environmental headache, the release of the toxic materials is sure to create a diplomatic row between the US, Denmark, and now self-governing Greenland over clean-up costs, says Colgan.


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