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Taxpayer's funding NSF program to teach meteorologists about climate change

15 Jan

The National Science Foundation (NSF) launched a program in 2010 called Climate Change Education Partnership (CCEP). In this program they funded different opportunities to educate about climate change by giving funds (awards) to colleges who drafted proposals on how they would spend the money. One such proposal caught my eye. The program is entitled “Making the Global Local – Unusual Weather Events as Climate Change Educational Opportunities” and it is taking place at George Mason University (GMU). Here is the program description:

This project will focus on establishing a national network of on-air broadcast meteorologists, climate scientists, university research programs, and key climate and weather science organizations, to engage, train, and empower local broadcast meteorologists to educate and inform the American public about climate.

Training meteorologists to educate the American public about climate change? That sounds strange, but I was prepared to give them the benefit of the doubt. Perhaps they simply want meteorologists to give the facts without any pre-conceived position on the subject. However, I dug a little further and found a job description for this program. I’ve taken a screen capture, take note of the highlighted area (click if needed):

Did they really just say that? Let’s look again:

The project will integrate informal learning, mass communication, and experiential learning theories to develop and test new pedagogical approaches to informal science education through frequent mass media exposure, linked to realworld experience (i.e., the local weather). It will also adapt and test conflict resolution theory and practice to engage meteorologists who reject the scientific consensus and climate scientists in constructive dialogue.

Adapt and test conflict resolution theory? Practice to engage meteorologists who reject the scientific consensus?

This is taxpayer’s money funding this stuff. Taxpayers are funding a program to “practice to engage meteorologists who reject the scientific consensus”. I contacted Anthony Watts and he wrote this post about it. I also contacted Joe Bastardi for his opinion. To paraphrase, he stated that the he believes that the data will prove the research correct and worrying about funding is only a distraction from forecasting. John Coleman has not yet responded.

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16 Comments

Posted by on January 15, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

16 responses to “Taxpayer's funding NSF program to teach meteorologists about climate change

  1. Andres Valencia

    January 15, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    Thanks. This site will have links from http://www.oarval.org/ClimateChange.htm and http://www.oarval.org/CambioClima.htm today.

     
  2. Gator

    January 15, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    I say this is a good use of tax dollars. I have yet to meet a skeptic turned warmist, I have turned many warmists to skeptics, so to me this is a great opportunity to educate some airheaded activists.

     
  3. davidc

    January 15, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    So when they say “Then you think there is an international conspiracy of climate scientists?” we can give them this link.

     
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  5. Natsman

    January 16, 2011 at 5:20 am

    You vill do as ve say…

     
  6. Jack

    January 16, 2011 at 11:30 am

    Good catch of a very devious propaganda project, but the author misinterprets “practice” in that key sentence. “[C]onflict resolution theory and practice” is a unit, and it is to be used to “engage meteorologists who reject….”

     
  7. pyeatte

    January 16, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    Political corruption pushing a false agenda. What kind of science is it if you have to intimidate people to force them to support your side? phony science. Real science would welcome debate. What kind of science is it when you have to fabricate or alter data to fit your agenda? phony science. What kind of science is it that produces stuff that the grant money, controlled by politicians, demands? phony science.
    May there be a special place in hell for politicians who do this.

     
  8. Mkjon

    January 16, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    Some money should be spent on testing the great benefits of an increase in the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere and how it will affect the growth of food plants and trees.

     
  9. Michael

    January 16, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    Be on the lookout for them using the The Diamond Technique on you.

    HOW COLLECTIVISTS USE THE DIAMOND TACTIC TO
    SWAY PUBLIC MEETINGS AND HOW TO THWART THEM
    by G. Edward Griffin
    http://www.freedom-force.org/pdf/diamond_tactic.pdf

     
  10. Michael

    January 16, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    The link I posted to the G. Edward Griffin PDF is now redirected back to the PDF, but it has been chopped to only one page. You think they don’t spy on you? Think again.

     
  11. Michael

    January 16, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    I took a screen shot of the G. Edward Griffin PDF that was chopped by someone to only one page. Notice the Page counter.

     
  12. IHeartAGW

    January 17, 2011 at 8:25 am

    “Keep your eyes on the swinging watch, your eyes are getting heavy, heavy, you cannot keep them open. Now, when I snap my finger you will awake and you will be Joe Hansen …”. More proof that these global cooling denialists do not even believe their own fraudulent narrative. Propaganda was central to the National Socialist Party. Propaganda is necessary in altering the definition of “Is”.

     

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