The head of the Environmental Protection Agency thinks climate change should be taught in schools, but one organization believes it's an attempt for students to be "indoctrinated."
EPA chief Gina McCarthy tells Irish America: "... Part of the challenge of explaining climate change is that it requires a level of science and a level of forward thinking and you've got to teach that to kids."
Cal Beisner, founder and national spokesman for the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation, says he would like to know which "science" behind climate change McCarthy has in mind.
"Does she mean the hypothetical temperature projections of the computer models, which called for about 1.8 degree Fahrenheit of warming from 1980 until now? Or does she have in mind the real-world observations which show less than half that?" he wonders.
"Does she mean the claims that rapidly inexorably rising atmospheric CO2 concentration dominates global temperature?" he also asks, then states: "While CO2 has continued its steady rise, temperature hasn't risen for at least the last 17 years and 10 months."
Beisner says there are other claims, including those that argued extreme weather events will be more frequent and severe with warming.
"There has been no correlation," he says. "What McCarthy wants is for our students to be carefully indoctrinated in global-warming hysteria."
In contrast, what Beisner wants "is for them to learn the fundamentals of science, including the fact that if real-world observations contradict the predictions that follow from your theory, well, your theory is wrong – period. Even if it's the theory of global warming, and even if a whole bunch of scientists purportedly embrace it."
President Obama has stated on numerous occasions that climate change is a fact and there is a "consensus" among scientists.