|I am not one with this crap, Herbert!|
I’m not really one to buy into conspiracy theories but I have to admit, I’m starting to really believe that the Big Environment folks have their hooks into the people developing educational book series. Case in point: I was reviewing my son’s science chapter with him tonight in preparation for a science test tomorrow. The topic of the chapter is Plate Tectonics.
As we’re reviewing we touch on Alfred Wegener who put forth the theory of Pangea and continental drift. The textbook postulates that Wegener used fossils, geological formations and evidence of climate change to create this theory. “Evidence of climate change” in 1915? Wow, this must be good. So I read on. The remaining two paragraphs (each consisting of 3-4 sentences) never referenced any such evidence. In fact, the only reference to the topic statement above was that he found evidence that fossils from similar climates were found in continents that were significantly dispersed. So the continents changed location and portions that once had similar local climates now had different local climates. The book, conveniently aggregated that into “climate change” conflating this issue with the current climate change issues.
Thinking that the book was keeping it short and maybe omitting parts of Wegener’s research efforts, I went right to the source – a translation of Wegener’s Die Entstehung der Kontinente or The Origins of Continents. In it he states, “…we are in fact dealing with a change in Pole position and not a climate change over the whole Earth is shown by the investigations of Nathorst regarding the Tertiary flora of east Asia.” and makes other references to the continents moving to locations on the Earth’s surface with different climates. The climates were established, so to speak, for those areas and the continents moved into those locations.
While this may seem like a nit-picky kind of point to make, the fact remains that someone – either out of incompetent editing or intentionally including “climate change” as a term – chose to do this and is now part of the textbooks for middle school children. Thankfully, they are still teaching “scientific theory” and the “scientific method” and not this new “post-normal science” but how long will that take to worm its way into these books?
On a related note, this summer had the fewest number of days over 100 degrees in the last century.
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