Saturday, January 19, 2008
IGNORANCE WINS AGAIN!
Dr. Steven W. Running was scheduled to speak this week to high school students at Choteau, Montana. Dr. Running is a professor ecology at the University of Montana. He is also the lead author of a panel that wrote a study on global warming. For their work, the panel, along with Al Gore, won the Nobel Peace Prize last year. What a wonderful opportunity for these high school students—to hear an address by a Nobel Prize winner.
Not so fast. We forget how strong and entrenched are the forces of ignorance. Some townspeople complained because Dr. Running’s address would present only one side of the story. No one would be there to give the other side. The school superintendent, a brave soul named Keven St. John, was not going to stick his neck out. He cancelled the talk.
To present the other side? What other side? That global warming is some kind of liberal hoax? Do some people today believe as Republican senator James Inhofe said in 2003 that global warming is “the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people”? Maybe he could give the other side. If Inhofe is busy, maybe someone from the Institute for Creation Research or the White House Agency for Truth in Science could do the job.
It’s a sad commentary on the battle between science and ignorance. In Choteau, Montana, the score is