Students FORCED To Watch Inconvenient Truth

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    Libs are always bellowing how they believe in academic fredom, and how conservatives want to FORCE their values on the students

    Well, it seems the libs at Roger Williams University foreced students to endure Al Bores' "Inconvenient Truth"; if they did not watch it they did not graduate, and of course, no other side of the issue was allowed.

    To liberal Professors this is a fair and balanced view of the myth of global warming. This is also how most liberals see a fair and open exchange of ideas and opinions

    There side and only their side is presented


    Roger Williams University Science Department Uses Class Time to Show Al Gore’s Movie
    May 7th, 2007
    Assistant Dean Tells Students that Humans are to Blame for Climate Change
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    Herndon, VA – Students at Roger Williams University (RWU) with the help of Young America’s Foundation have exposed blatant acts of liberal bias in the school’s science department. The week before Earth Day, professors teaching the lab portion of CORE 101: Science, Technology and Society required their students to watch Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth during class. Every student at RWU must enroll in this core class to qualify for graduation.

    Gore’s movie has ignited controversy for its leftist slant and its big government “solutions” to climate change. Dana Peloso, a Young America’s Foundation student activist and a junior at RWU, sent an email to the assistant dean of the science department, Jeffrey Hughes, conveying that same point: “with the scientific community unsure if global warming is man induced or part of the natural cycle of the earth, do you think that it is intellectually honest to only show the alarmist viewpoint? If the movie is still shown, what plans are there to incorporate the ideas of leading global warming skeptics into class discussion?”

    In his response—obtained exclusively by Young America’s Foundation—Jeffrey Hughes defended his decision to present only the leftist position on climate change: “scientists no longer question whether the atmosphere is being warmed due to human activities and instead are increasingly impressed with the speed and impact of the process. I repeat: there is no doubt that we’re warming the earth and that a continuation of our activities will lead to profound changes” (emphasis added).

    The RWU Assistant Dean also implied that adopting the Left’s talking points on global warming is part of a student’s maturity: “As educators, we’re charged to encourage your intellectual growth. That can (actually, will) be uncomfortable at times, and we’re also here to help you deal with that discomfort.”

    Young America’s Foundation is urging the president of Roger Williams University, Roy Nirschel, to investigate Hughes’s gross intolerance and opposition to presenting alternative ideas on the environment during class. RWU bills itself as a place that values “collaboration of students and faculty in research” and “appreciation of global perspectives,” two core principles that Jeffrey Hughes dismissed entirely. He neither invited students to offer input nor did he welcome “global perspectives” on climate change.

    Jeffrey Hughes also scoffed at his school’s insistence on training students to “advocate effectively through civil discourse” and to “acquire new information and perspectives.” Hughes limited classroom information, and he reproached a student who sought to hear a balanced argument on a hotly contested subject.

    “As an assistant dean and as a professor, Jeffrey Hughes violated the very mission of Roger Williams University,” says Jason Mattera, spokesman for Young America’s Foundation and an ’05 graduate of the school. “RWU’s president has every right to take action against him. That aside, it’s a bold-faced lie for Assistant Dean Hughes to argue that all scientists agree with Al Gore. Prominent academics and scientists, including Bjorn Lomborg, Richard Lindzen, and William Gray, have poked gigantic holes in the belief that man is largely responsible for heating up the planet. Jeffrey Hughes doesn’t light a candle intellectually to any of these men.”

    To Dana, this is just another example of a leftist professor using his position of authority to indoctrinate young minds. “RWU students should hear a wide variety of ideas on climate change. Assistant Dean Hughes, however, is only giving us Al Gore’s side. He should be encouraging, not stifling discussion.”

    There are 12 core science classes in all, made up of philosophy, political science, english, engineering, and psychology majors needing the class to graduate.

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    This would have been a good guest speaker to offer a counter argument of Al doom and gloom film


    New Zealand Weatherman on Global Warming: 'It's All Going to be a Joke in 5 Years'
    Posted by Noel Sheppard on May 18, 2007 - 15:03.
    The air continues to seep out of the global warming consensus balloon, ladies and gentlemen.

    Meet Augie Auer, the former University of Wyoming professor of atmospheric science turned New Zealand meteorologist who isn’t buying what soon-to-be-Dr. Al Gore and his band of not so merry global warming alarmists are selling.

    As reported by the New Zealand Timaru Herald (emphasis added throughout):

    Man's contribution to the greenhouse gases was so small we couldn't change the climate if we tried, [Auer] maintained.

    "We're all going to survive this. It's all going to be a joke in five years," he said.

    A combination of misinterpreted and misguided science, media hype, and political spin had created the current hysteria and it was time to put a stop to it.

    "It is time to attack the myth of global warming," he said.

    Unlike folks such as Gore, Sheryl Crow, Laurie David, and Leonardo DiCaprio, Auer has actually studied and taught this science. As such, he walks the walks AND talks the talk:

    Water vapour was responsible for 95 per cent of the greenhouse effect, an effect which was vital to keep the world warm, he explained.

    "If we didn't have the greenhouse effect the planet would be at minus 18 deg C but because we do have the greenhouse effect it is plus 15 deg C, all the time."

    The other greenhouse gases: carbon dioxide, methane, nitrogen dioxide, and various others including CFCs, contributed only five per cent of the effect, carbon dioxide being by far the greatest contributor at 3.6 per cent.

    However, carbon dioxide as a result of man's activities was only 3.2 per cent of that, hence only 0.12 per cent of the greenhouse gases in total. Human-related methane, nitrogen dioxide and CFCs etc made similarly minuscule contributions to the effect: 0.066, 0.047 and 0.046 per cent respectively.

    "That ought to be the end of the argument, there and then," he said.

    "We couldn't do it (change the climate) even if we wanted to because water vapour dominates."

    Auer correctly concluded: "It's become a witch-hunt; a Salem witch-hunt."

    http://newsbusters.org/node/12852
     

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