Connecticut Just Made Climate Change Studies Compulsory

Essay by Eric Worrall

I wonder if there is a case for challenging compulsory climate studies on the grounds that belief in catastrophic climate change is a state religion?

‘Face it head on’: Connecticut makes climate change studies compulsory

Enshrining the curriculum in law insulates the subject from budget cuts and culture wars related to the climate crisis

Sat 17 Dec 2022 19.00 AEDT

Starting next July, Connecticut will become one of the first states in America to mandate climate change studies across its public schools as part of its science curriculum.

The new law passed earlier this year comes as part of the state’s attempts to address concerns over the short duration – and in some cases, absence – of climate change studies in classrooms. The requirement follows in the footsteps of New Jersey, which in 2020 became the first state to mandate K-12 climate change education across its school districts.

Currently, nearly 90% of public schools across Connecticut include climate change studies in their curriculums. However, by mandating it as part of state law from grades five to 12, climate education will effectively become protected from budget cuts and climate-denying political views at a time when education in the US has become a serious culture war battleground.

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There is legal precedent for considering belief in catastrophic climate change might be a religion.

In 2009, a judge in Britain ruled in favour of plaintiff Tim Nicholson in an unfair dismissal case. The Judge found that Tim’s climate beliefs were entitled to the same legal protection as a person of religious faith. Tim was suing his employer for dismissing him on the grounds of his beliefs in catastrophic climate change. “… In a significant decision today , a judge found Nicholson’s views on the environment were so deeply held that they were entitled to the same protection as religious convictions, and ruled that an employment tribunal should hear his claim that he was sacked because of his beliefs. …”.

Although Tim’s case occurred in Britain, sometimes US courts reference legal precedent from other nations with similar legal systems, when those foreign legal systems are viewed by US courts as a legitimate source of jurisprudence.

How would a judicial ruling that CAGW is a religion help children in Connecticut?

There is another precedent which might be useful. In the early noughties, there was a push in Kansas to teach Intelligent Design alongside or instead of the theory of evolution in biology classes. In 2005 Bobby Henderson created the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, and used this alleged religion to demand equal access to Intelligent Design course syllabuses, on the grounds that teaching just one religious perspective in Intelligent Design courses violates the separation of church and state.

A judicial ruling that CAGW is a state religion might similarly be used by climate skeptics to demand equal access to the syllabus of climate religious studies courses in states like Connecticut.

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December 17, 2022 10:10 pm

Will they teach skepticism?

Reply to  Alan
December 17, 2022 10:19 pm

Skepticism is an element of the scientific method. So, no.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Alan
December 18, 2022 5:02 am

Will they provide any evidence that CO2 is causing the globe to warm?

Answer: No, because there is no evidence showing CO2 is causing the globe to warm.

Will they provide unsubstantiated assumptions and assertions that CO2 is causing the globe to warm?

Answer: Yes, they will, because that’s all they have. Someone ought to point that out to the various school boards.

Promoting unsubstantiated assumptions and assertions about CO2 as being facts, is not teaching science.

Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  Tom Abbott
December 18, 2022 5:45 am

They’ll have students examine the entrails of ancient tree rings to know the precise temperature and humidity thousands of years ago and from that the students can prophesize when a tipping point will happen when the Earth will become a boiling inferno. The students will then freak out- go home- and preach to their parents to install solar panels on the roof and buy an electric car- and if the parents don’t- then the students will inform the authorities. The schools will have large posters with images of Mickey Mann and other “heroes and saviors of the climate change revolution” in every hallway and classroom.

Rich Davis
Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
December 18, 2022 8:03 am

I find it incredible that Connecticut beat Massachusetts in a matter of woke theology!

Well at least we can say that we’re not as bad as New Jersey.

Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  Rich Davis
December 18, 2022 10:22 am

well, MA still has the Vatican of Wokeness- Hah-vid

Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
December 18, 2022 1:58 pm

Yes Communism in the raw Chairman Mao style.

Stuart Baeriswyl
December 17, 2022 10:17 pm

It actually sounds exciting that they would teach climate change – the rub of course is that they would be teaching it scientifically / honestly!

Reply to  Stuart Baeriswyl
December 18, 2022 12:42 am

Exciting? Scientifically?

In a safe space no doubt…

Reply to  Stuart Baeriswyl
December 18, 2022 2:52 am

Which climates that are constantly but incrementally changing will be taught about?

There are hundreds of unique climates around the globe, all possessing their own
cycles, influences and behaviors.

Lump them all together as a problem for the very stability of planetary existence, and you’re on the same ground as asserting that a particular race in toto is a problem for sustainable life on this planet.

I thought that line of discrimination was verboten.

Reply to  Mr.
December 18, 2022 3:12 am

Climate Chane means what humans are supposedly doing by having a civilization, not any of that other funny business you mentioned.

Reply to  AndyHce
December 18, 2022 4:12 am

I’m attempting to come at the preposterous “one-approach” climate change education proposition by posing an equally preposterous notion of singling out one race of humans as a global problem that kids should be taught about.

Do you accept that there are hundreds of unique climates operating around the world?

Reply to  Mr.
December 18, 2022 12:45 pm

I was not implying that your information was wrong but rather that to “them” it is irrelevant and would not be considered any kind of valid objection.

Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  Stuart Baeriswyl
December 18, 2022 5:50 am

It would be one thing if they have a course called “climate science” without calling it “climate change” which presumes there is an existential threat of climate disaster due to human use of fossil fuels. The benefits of fossil fuels will also need to be taught. They can start by reading recent books by Alex Epstein and other climate skeptics. Show them what life was like for most people centuries ago.

Don Perry
Reply to  Stuart Baeriswyl
December 18, 2022 6:43 am

Not a teacher, are you? State mandates tell you what to “teach” and how to “teach” it. The operative word is “teach”, meaning indoctrinate, almost always with leftist ideology. Also, keep in mind that, especially at the elementary level, when kids are most susceptible to indoctrination, most teachers are poorly trained in science themselves, so they simple teach what the state tells them. Little is done working with the scientific method as the teachers, themselves, don’t know science nor its methods. Much is said about teaching students to think, but the only “thinking” that is permitted is what the state dictates. Stated simply, “We is in deep shit.”

Hoyt Clagwell
Reply to  Don Perry
December 18, 2022 8:23 am

If I had children in a public school now I would tell them to learn how to tell the teachers everything they want to hear, get top grades, but question everything on your own time.

Reply to  Stuart Baeriswyl
December 18, 2022 10:35 am

Did you intentionally omit that little word “NOT”?

Jeff L
December 17, 2022 10:34 pm

There is no doubt in my mind that CAGW is a religion of sorts, in which the creation is worshipped over the Creator (even if the basic tenants are in conflict with this idea). I can understand the many reasons people have fallen out of faith but in general, people are wired for belief in something bigger than themselves.

As the saying goes, “nature abhors a vacuum ” and CAGW is filling the void space left by traditional religion. It is a new religion. If the State endorses CAGW, the Church and State are not separated.

Reply to  Jeff L
December 18, 2022 7:18 am

And they’re soon going to make it a state religion if they can get away with it. This has all the earmarks of being a cult. We thought so, but they’re now proving it by their very actions.

Henry Pool
December 17, 2022 11:04 pm
December 17, 2022 11:46 pm

CAGW is secularists’ new religion.

Since SCOTUS rulings now prohibit religion from being overtly taught at public schools, the subject of CAGW should also be banned…

CAGW is utterly destroying our kids’ education and is inflicting great psychological harm.

Many kids have effectively given up on life and raising families as they fear CAGW will utterly destroy the earth making it uninhabitable, which is one of the reasons teenage suicide has skyrocketed and birth rates are plummeting.

For all intents and purposes, CAGW is already a disconfirmed hypothesis and is similar to teaching the earth is flat…

Ironically, energy and social policies based on the disconfirmed CAGW hypothesis are destroying our economy and will cause much more harm than any of CO2’s small forcing effect will have in the future.

Moreover, an excellent case can be made that higher CO2 levels will be a huge net benefit to all life on earth..

Woke Leftists’ new mantra:

Freedom of speech is Slavery.
War on oil is Peace.
Ignorance on everything is Strength…

God help us all…

December 18, 2022 12:11 am

The reply to Eric’s suggestion will be that they are mandating the study of climate science, and that isn’t a religion, its an important and legitimate branch of science. The problem isn’t that climate science will be taught, its what view of it will be taught in the classes on the subject.

You cannot prevent schools from misrepresenting a science by banning teaching of the science itself.

Parents need to get control of school boards. The only way to prevent or reverse ideological indoctrination taking the place of education. Cf the concept of decolonizing the math curriculum. Actually when you look at the unscientific nonsense that is being taught about sex and gender, critical race theory…etc, what’s being taught about climate is just one in a long series of these things.

The problem with sex and gender teaching, for instance, is not that human biology and development is being made a mandatory subject. Its what is being taught as biology. The solution is not to ban teaching it. Same thing here.

Reply to  michel
December 18, 2022 1:35 am

Sexuality – hardware

Gender – software glitch

Rich Davis
Reply to  strativarius
December 18, 2022 7:55 am

It’s actually the other way around. Sexual orientation is the “software” question. Gender is plumbing.

The word gender derives from the propagation of the race (genus). The desire to redefine the functional meaning of gender is apparently motivated by the attempt to beg the question—to assume that it is a given that sexual orientation is genetically determined.

If sexual orientation were a question of genetics, then logically there should be sets of gene configurations that correspond to sets of sexual behaviors. I am not aware of any evidence for that hypothesis.

The motivation for establishing behaviors as being genetically determined is to remove from consideration (and especially from polite discourse) the idea that individuals make free choices with respect to sexual orientation. If a person doesn’t choose, he or she cannot be culpable for any such action. Furthermore, if a person doesn’t choose and “was made that way”, then the argument is made that a behavior that is inherent to the person cannot be immoral.

The question of whether there are genders other than male and female is therefore a dishonest semantic political game.

Even if it were proven to be the case that sexual orientation is determined by ones genes, that in and of itself would not answer any moral or theological question.

That we theorize that alcoholism may be a genetically-transmitted trait, does not require us to accept and encourage alcoholics to go ahead and get drunk.

That we know that certain diseases are genetically determined—sickle cell anemia for example—does not inform us that the disease which is “natural” is therefore a positive good to be encouraged and embraced.

The question of whether sexual orientation is a choice or not is an open one. Also our value judgements about whether some choices are better than others is also a subjective one, unrelated to science.

From a moral theology point of view, the question of free choice is relevant only to the question of guilt. A person does not bear any guilt for having cancer, but cancer is still an intrinsic evil destructive of life.

Whether sexual behaviors outside of heterosexual marriage are morally licit or not is not a question for science but rather of religion or philosophy.

It is a question of politics whether people are to be allowed to hold an opinion on that question that is freely taken and/or informed by a couple of millennia of religious tradition.

It appears that the political question has for the most part been answered and in the negative. As it is with opinions about sexual morality, so it is with opinions about Climate Change ™

Hoyt Clagwell
Reply to  Rich Davis
December 18, 2022 8:32 am

You must be my age or older Rich. What words meant in the 20th century is not what they mean today. Today the dictionary says you can use the word ‘literally’ in a figurative sense. The word ‘terrific’ means something good. The word ‘democracy’ now means socialism. ‘Warming’ means cooling and ‘woman’ means nothing. It’s all over. Dictionaries must now only be digital so they can keep up with the weekly redefinition of standard English language.

Rich Davis
Reply to  Hoyt Clagwell
December 18, 2022 10:46 am

Yes, sadly true. But in a world where everything is subjective I am still able to make “my truth” align with the wisdom of ages. Up until now at least, they can’t enforce thoughts in our heads.

Reply to  Rich Davis
December 20, 2022 7:06 pm


Male XY
Female YY

You have jumped from sex to sexual orientation.

Sex is a process – the exchange of genetic material.

I was taught these distinctions, and learned them, in Advanced Placement Biology, in senior year in secondary school. It is possible, of course, that biologists have also been infected with wokeism, and have allowed the definitions to blur. I hope not.

I am writing this from California, whcih, I believe, has 38 official genders.

Reply to  Retired_Engineer_Jim
December 21, 2022 7:12 am

RE_Jim, at best the biologists have been silenced from fear of offending the activist crowd. Unfortunately I’ve been seeing this mindset starting to infiltrate even the hard sciences.

Frank from NoVA
Reply to  michel
December 18, 2022 7:24 am

‘Parents need to get control of school boards.’

True, but where the study of ‘climate change’ has been mandated, they also really need to get their hands on the curriculum, since any portion thereof that isn’t demonstrably true can then be challenged in court. They should be doing this for CRT and genders studies, as well.

michael hart
December 18, 2022 12:13 am

What age will these students be?
Before they are taught climate change they should be taught sufficient science to understand how the climate works.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  michael hart
December 18, 2022 5:22 am

Children should be taught how to tell the difference between evidence and unsubstantiated assumptions and assertions.

If they learn that, they won’t be fooled by climate alarmist hyperbole. They will scoff at it, like skeptics do.

Rich Davis
Reply to  michael hart
December 18, 2022 10:38 am

Catechism classes often start in kindergarten or at least by first grade

Mr David Guy-Johnson
December 18, 2022 12:16 am

That could backfire badly if they preach doom and disaster as they will. The more intelligent will go into it more deeply and realise they’ve been sold a turkey.

Reply to  Mr David Guy-Johnson
December 18, 2022 1:00 am

Climate anxiety….

December 18, 2022 12:40 am

Let’s hope the indoctrinators include notable events that they have predicted, like…

An ice free Arctic in 2013, the end of snow in 2000 etc etc

Tom Abbott
Reply to  strativarius
December 18, 2022 5:27 am

Yes, the kids need to be shown the Climate Alarmist “Hall of Shame”, of all the failed climate change predictions they have made over the decades.

Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  Tom Abbott
December 18, 2022 5:56 am

that would make a nice web site

Frank from NoVA
Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
December 18, 2022 7:00 am

There’s this one, among others…

Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  Frank from NoVA
December 18, 2022 7:10 am

nice, thanks

Reply to  Frank from NoVA
December 18, 2022 10:48 am

Nice one, well worth the read. have you ever noticed that those alarmists quoting their unsubstantiated views are either politicians, media spokespersons, or female? Worth taking any notice of?

Reply to  mikelowe2013
December 19, 2022 6:51 am

Worth taking notice of? Yes – to the degree that they can influence people and policies.

Peta of Newark
December 18, 2022 2:40 am

I’ll assume that we all understand/know that the best way to understand something yourself, is to (try to) explain it to someone else.
and that kids, as per The Emperor’s Clothes, are a fairly demanding audience,

  • they can ask awkward questions
  • the read ‘body language’ really well and if you’re talking nonsense and stuff you don’t understand – they simply tune out. you lose their attention and control of the class/situation as well as their respect

It gets worse because by the time (coming soon) many of them are to some degree Autistic – those problems simply skyrocket. Autistics don’t mind – they’ve got nothing (else) to lose so they simply ‘go for it’

This could backfire on these well-intentioned Connecticut folks really rather badly.
Kids don’t especially go to school to learn ‘information’ or ‘science’ – they learn from each other, and their teachers, a whole lot more than what the teachers think
They go there to get Knowledge – and Information is NOT= Knowledge

Therein I’d suggest and the ‘raison-d’etre’ for this edict, the school governors simply don’t realise or know that. The lights are on but nobody’s home.
Kids pick up on that instinctively – in fact we all do unless we’re (effectively) drunk

THAT is The Problem here – a little bit of downwelling radiation actually does do something – it illuminates what’s going wrong in this western world

The kids will see it, they know when they’re being lied to.

Ed Zuiderwijk
December 18, 2022 3:07 am

Alternatively, send every school librarian in Connecticut a copy of Andy’s Climate at a Glance.

December 18, 2022 3:10 am

Many state laws, such as what people and businesses can and cannot do on Sunday and what people can or cannot wear in public, exist or have existed. These law are based on religious beliefs. One more law based on a widely help religious view seems unlikely to be ruled against by the courts.

Furthermore, it is a rule of jurisprudence that, except for controversies between different parts of government where constitutionality is raised, the court will avoid questions of constitutionality if it can find any other basis upon which to rule. In additions, it is the rule to assume that anything the legislature passes it has the power to pass, even if unconstitutional “on its face”. It takes a really strong case to stand a chance of overcoming that. Supreme Courts tend to wait until a case arises that lets them rule the way the want to rule before acting on any issue.

December 18, 2022 3:39 am

LOL! A lot of them are now and a lot more will be playing in the snow by the end of the week!

They just better be bundled up! As Joe Bastardi has been promising blizzard like conditions running from Nebraska, down through the Ohio Valley, and over to the Appalachians are coming this week before Christmas. Vehicular travel will be dangerous and many flights will be cancelled.

The snow is coming behind the polar air and windchills will be severe.

Looks like many of us that have not had a white Christmas for some time, are going to get one this year.

Bruce Cobb
December 18, 2022 3:54 am

I feel sad that this has happened to the state I was born and grew up in, during the 50s and 60s. They used to teach how to think, not what to think.

Reply to  Bruce Cobb
December 18, 2022 5:02 am

The Western world is infested with the new indoctrination

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Bruce Cobb
December 18, 2022 5:32 am

Kids are kind of rebellious. Maybe they will see the light after trekking through the snow while people are trying to scare them about Global Warming. Something doesn’t compute here!

Tom in Florida
Reply to  Bruce Cobb
December 18, 2022 6:46 am

Bruce, I too was born and raised in CT during the 50’s and 60’s. Hamden was my home. My father was a biology teacher and high school football coach. Perhaps that is why I learned to search for reasons why things happen rather than just accept that they did.
Fortunately for me I came to the conclusion that warmer is better and moved to Florida.
As we both know, Connecticut has been controlled by liberals for decades. I do not see this as any thing other than indoctrination not education.

Bruce Cobb
Reply to  Tom in Florida
December 18, 2022 1:47 pm

We moved to Hamden in ’63, on Whitney Ave., and I attended Spring Glen Elementary, Sleeping Giant Jr. High, and Hamden High, before going to private school in ’69. Being so close to New Haven was great, and an easy bus ride. We here in NH are a hearty lot, and don’t mind the cold so much, or even snow.

Tom in Florida
Reply to  Bruce Cobb
December 18, 2022 3:34 pm

Small world. I attended Sleeping Giant Jr High and graduated from Hamden High in 1969. My dad was AD at that time. Glenwwod Drive-in and Pepe’s.

Bruce Cobb
Reply to  Tom in Florida
December 19, 2022 3:19 pm

Pepe’s – the best pizza in the world!

Bruce Cobb
Reply to  Tom in Florida
December 19, 2022 3:41 pm

It just occurred to me, you would have been 2 years ahead of me, but my older brother Allen would have been in the same grade as you.Talk about a small world.

Joao Martins
December 18, 2022 4:02 am

The publication of a revised, augmented and updated edition of “The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster” is urgently needed!

December 18, 2022 4:25 am

good revenue stream for the climate industrial complex selling “ textbooks “

Tom Abbott
Reply to  garboard
December 18, 2022 5:33 am

I would like to see their reading list.

December 18, 2022 4:28 am

Well, they no longer teach reading, writing and arithmetic so this crap is par for the course.

Lee Riffee
Reply to  2hotel9
December 18, 2022 8:05 am

Apparently grammar also went out the window, now that a singular man or woman can refer to him or herself as “they” – or ask to be referred to as such!

Tom Halla
December 18, 2022 4:38 am

CAGW does fit Eric Hoffer’s definition of a Mass Movement, which is mostly indistinguishable from a religion.
The True Believers want it taught according to their particular creed, and using a particular catechism.

Tom Abbott
December 18, 2022 4:48 am

From the article: “climate-denying political views”

I know they are talking about skeptics when they say “climate-denying” but I would contend that it is the alarmists who are the deniers by denying the climate is a natural phenomenon.

There is every evidence to believe climate is a natural phenomenon and no evidence to believe that CO2 has anything to do with control of the climate, so those denying the natural world, the climate alarmists, are the real deniers.

And they want to inculcate this way of thinking into our youth. Brainwash them while they are young. Stalin thought that was the best policy.

December 18, 2022 5:04 am

Teachers today are more concerned with how students feel rather than what they know

Tom Johnson
December 18, 2022 5:09 am

It’s entirely possible to teach “Climate Change” without even mentioning CO2, particularly since CO2 is such a small part of true climate change. The focus could be on the Pleistocene record, including temperatures and glacial advances and retreats. It could include Milankovitch cycles, Ice core records, the Laurentide Ice Sheet over North America, sea levels, the Scientific Method, and more. It would be great scientific knowledge for students to have. It might even add how atmospheric CO2 lagged temperature changes in this record, making it a result of the temperature change, not the cause.

I would argue this should become an important part of science. Importantly, it could include the only recent actual temperature records, including recording sites, urban heat islands, the difference between the thermometer data and “homogenized global temperature”. A class trip to a nearby site would be quite interesting for the students.

Missing from this would be, quoting the article: “It’s critical that when we’re talking to kids at that upper elementary, middle school, high school level, we’re ensuring that we are coming from an equity-based perspective.” That, of course, ain’t science.

Frank from NoVA
Reply to  Tom Johnson
December 18, 2022 7:09 am

‘It’s entirely possible to teach “Climate Change” without even mentioning CO2…’

Possible, but extremely unlikely. The entire motive is to indoctrinate children into accepting socialism, i.e., the government’s primacy over every aspect of their lives.

John Shewchuk
December 18, 2022 5:18 am

Maybe they’ll show Tony Heller videos and assign homework from the WUWT’s best sellers book list.

December 18, 2022 5:54 am

The kids will need to stay in bed in winter with what’s coming for mum and dad-
Econutzis really hate kids so look forward to getting blown up in the re-education camps if you get the answers wrong munchkins.

Don Perry
December 18, 2022 6:28 am

As a retired science teacher, I find this kind of mandate disturbing.. State mandate after state mandate and then, when kids rank at the bottom in math and reading, teachers are called incompetent. Teaching kids basic science facts and concepts and having them do science projects to collect and evaluate data is what they need. When they can evaluate and critically analyze data, they will see for themselves that the “climate change” hysteria is religion and not science. Today, nearly 20 years after retiring, I still run into students who tell me how they still remember how much they learned from their projects and actually “doing” science.

December 18, 2022 7:04 am

Expanding the scope and intensity of the re-education camps in the USA.

December 18, 2022 7:30 am

Great point. The state politicos are the Climate bishops.

Richard M
December 18, 2022 8:00 am

Hopefully, parents will get ahold of the textbook/course material and take them to court. You know it will be filled with propaganda and lies.

Reply to  Richard M
December 18, 2022 1:08 pm

Yes! Challenging it on the basis that it is a religeon is futile. Challenging the facts presented, exposing the lies, that’s the way to deal with this.

Lee Riffee
December 18, 2022 8:26 am

One can hope that at least some parents will inoculate their kids against this kind of misinformation…. I got lucky with regards to my (mostly) public school education as my mom was pretty proactive at giving me real facts to counter the tripe that a few of my teachers doled out.

I had a history teacher who hated Richard Nixon about as badly as some hate Trump today. While the book for the class only devoted maybe a half a page to Nixon and Watergate, the teacher went on and on about it for a whole class period or more. For some odd reason, Nixon’s party was never mentioned, nor was Kennedy’s or any other past POTUS. It wasn’t until I got out of high school that I discovered that Nixon wasn’t a Democrat. I asked my mom (this was long before the internet) and she told me all about Nixon. I told my mom that I thought sure Nixon was a Dem because of the way the teacher was hating on him….so in that regard, that lib teacher’s slant on history backfired, at least with me it did!
But no, my mom set me straight about Nixon and the events of that time. And there were other things she set me straight on as well. That taught me to question narratives, which came in handy when I went to college.

I had to take a course in “ethnic studies” in college (was required to graduate). Some of the course material was pretty bogus. One book I had to read and write a paper about the author struggled to try and prove that black Africans (as in sub-Saharan Africans) built the great pyramids and all of the monuments in Egypt. Well, having been to Egypt as a pre-teen, I had a first hand look at their monuments and artwork (and seeing local Egyptian populace) and I saw very few people that could have been considered black. So, I went ahead and wrote the paper, got a good grade on it and moved on.

By that point I learned that not everything you might be taught in a school is true. My aim was to get the grade, get my degree and move on with my life.
Hopefully at least some kids today have mothers (and/or fathers) like mine.

Lee Riffee
Reply to  Lee Riffee
December 18, 2022 8:29 am

I would also add that I took a course about cults in college (wasn’t required, but it was a popular course so I’d imagine quite a few students took it anyway), and even though the professor was so far left she was out of the ballpark, the information in the course was pretty dead on. And yes I can easily see how this climate change stuff is very cultish.

December 18, 2022 9:04 am

I agree they should teach climate science – not the ideological alarmist stuff, but proper, unbiased, all fact realism – the science is not settled – CO2 is not the harbinger of doom, but an essential, life giving gas that all plant life on earth needs to survive, giving us O2 to breathe in return, the more, the better

it is vital we teach the future generations real science and that nothing is settled, until it is a verified, universally accepted fact

December 18, 2022 9:18 am

Lesson #1: The economic shutdown due to COVID proves economic activity and atmospheric CO2 are not related

Lesson #2: Man has produced 1 out of every 10,000 CO2 molecules in the atmosphere. The GHG causes them to vibrate with the energy of a -80C black body, which has no material impact on the other 9,999 molecule’s kinetic energy

Lesson #3: Using the NASA GISS Website, identify the cold and dry deserts in an experiment controlling for the Urban Heat Island Effect and Water Vapor. You will find that the majority of those locations show no warming with a 25% or more increase in CO2

Lesson #4: Explain why some locations show warming and others don’t, do the laws of physics cease to exist in some locations?

December 18, 2022 9:57 am

“might similarly be used by climate skeptics”

But WILL it?

December 18, 2022 10:49 am

While I agree with the discussion concerning the inherently religious nature of such discussion, there is another way to view the matter. For some years in the 2000s I taught Climate in a couple of general education courses (not science majors – one course was Current Issues in Science and the other Energy Culture). At that time, I expressed colleagues that me dream was to have students who had learned enough science in high school to be ready to dive into the climate issue. I had to teach some rudimentary science and then break down the issue – my goal was have students who could read popular writing on climate and understand how this or that claim/study fit into the bigger picture of the many aspects of the question (CO2 rising, continuing to rise, does it cause warming?, will more CO2 cause more warming? is warming bad? can political action “fix” it?, would the benefits of the political action exceed the risks/damage?)

Thus I think the worst thing about this Connecticut plan is that it wastes time teaching a political/religious view to students who lack the basic science needed to even think about climate as a science issue. Few students know something as simple as the distinction between weather and climate, the CO2 cycle, let alone the major atmospheric/oceanic flows that form the climate.

December 18, 2022 12:00 pm

O Boy! Critical Climate Theory coming to a school district near you.

Gunga Din
December 18, 2022 2:01 pm

I think it’s safe to assume that these courses will have little or nothing to do with Meteorology or the history of past events that were more frequent and more devastating than today’s Headlines.
It it be centered on the need for “social change to achieve climate justice”.
The science of biology (XX, XY chromones) has taken a backseat in classrooms in favor of the ideology of the few to gain power.
Why not do the same to with CliSy?

Alan Watt, Climate Denialist Level 7
December 18, 2022 3:18 pm

I’m worried Florida is going to sink under the weight of all the people moving there to escape nonsense like this. (H/T Hank Johnson).

December 18, 2022 4:04 pm

Given that pretty much every nationally representative scientific body on the planet agrees that the recent (man made)increase in CO2 is warming the climate and that it is likely to cause issues for life on the planet, I think it is important to keep the younger generation informed. To not do so would be neglectful/irresponsible/ down right wrong.
Here’s a list of the organisations in case you missed it…

Vlad the Impaler
Reply to  Simon
December 18, 2022 7:14 pm

Argument from Authority.

The history of Science (if you ever bothered to consider it) is the history of the ‘consensus’ view being quite wrong.

E.g., ether; heavier objects fall faster than light objects (of the same dimensions and size); geocentric theory.

When Wegner was proposing that the continents were moving around the surface of the Earth, he was told he was wrong. He was vindicated a few decades after his untimely death.

Any perusal of Temperatures vs. CO2 concentration (such as Bill Illis’ magnificent 750-ma chart) will demonstrate conclusively that there is no relation between atmospheric CO2 concentration and average global temperature.

It really wouldn’t hurt you to learn some Science at some point in your life. This website can help.


Reply to  Vlad the Impaler
December 18, 2022 9:16 pm

“Argument from Authority.”
Yawn. What a cop out. I knew someone here would recite the WUWT mantra. There is a reason these organisations endorse the idea that CO2 is warming the planet. These are not amateurs sitting round fiddling on blog sites. They are the finest minds in the field. Yes, yes,, I know, that doesn’t mean they are definitely right, but they have a way better shot at it than any other group.
The overwhelming evidence would suggest that man made CO2 is the most likely reason we are warming. Now if you have a better explanation let’s hear it?

“Any perusal of Temperatures vs. CO2 concentration (such as Bill Illis’ magnificent 750-ma chart) will demonstrate conclusively that there is no relation between atmospheric CO2 concentration and average global temperature.”
Ummm I think you will find there is….

Vlad the Impaler
Reply to  Simon
December 19, 2022 4:47 am

Berkley Earth? Seriously?

So sad you do not realize there’s been well over four billion years’ worth of climate change, and carbon dioxide had nothing to do with it.

And, it’s not a “WUWT mantra” about Argument from Authority. It’s called a logical fallacy, whether you like it or not. If your only resort is to cite that ‘everyone else believes it’, then you’ve really nothing to stand on.

I’m going to assume that you’ve run the cross-correlation on Bill Illis’ chart, as most of the mathematically-astute here at WUWT have done. Publish your correlation coefficient before you make a further fool of yourself.

I shan’t hold my breath waiting for your coefficient; my guess is that you’ve no clue how to run one anyway.



Reply to  Vlad the Impaler
December 19, 2022 10:57 am

Berkley Earth was to be the darling of the skeptic community till they released their results. Then true to the skeptic cause when the results were in and they didn’t fit the narrative, they ran away bleating and accusing the team of fraud.
Publish your correlation coefficient ” Ha ha, you are a clown sir…

Vlad the Impaler
Reply to  Simon
December 19, 2022 12:59 pm

Not sure what is so ‘clownish’ about a correlation coefficient. Do you have one, or not? If you do, then tell us what it is, and what it means. If you do not have one, or know how to calculate one, then please state that information. Otherwise, you have nothing upon which to support your original claim.

I state again, it is my belief that you have no clue how to find a correlation coefficient at all; Bill’s original 750-ma chart disproves the “CO2 causes climate change” narrative. This is your chance to dispute/disprove his information.

You could also benefit (as in, ‘learning some Science’) from the post with Dr. John Cristy.

If nothing else, at least run a cross-corr on Scotese’s data; I’m not a big fan of his chart, since it makes it look like Earth climate only operates in one of two modes, which we know is less than accurate.



Reply to  Vlad the Impaler
December 19, 2022 1:38 pm

And you could learn from starting at the basics instead of trying to use big words to impress people. Here, read this. It is from two of the most respected organisations on the planet (unless you are down a hole looking for big words). Let me know if there is something you don’t understand….You will notice they don’t use your “correlation coefficient.” Maybe they are not smart enough…


Vlad the Impaler
Reply to  Simon
December 19, 2022 2:06 pm

So, you are Mathematically and Scientifically illiterate, and instead of having your own, independent thoughts and thought processes, you are only capable of regurgitating what you’ve been given from others.

So sad.

If you did understand things, you would know that Paleoclimate data and such are basic. The fact that such data contradict your cherished, unfounded beliefs tells me that you are in need of remediation. I’ve not seen you post recently on JoNova; that’s another place you can learn things; I know I have.

Maybe you can come back when (or if) you have some type of Science/Math background, and can speak from your own knowledge and experience, and not live vicariously through others.

Mods, I will request that Simon be restricted unless and until such time as he answers the challenge of Bill Illis’ 750-million-year T vs. CO2 chart. He makes essentially no contribution here, being only capable of posting links, and not capable of generating a cogent thought of his own.

Thanks for playing, Simon,


Reply to  Vlad the Impaler
December 19, 2022 3:06 pm

OK Jo Nova is a known crackpot. I’m not wasting my time there. And I don’t think the mods care two hoots about your overblown ego or demands.
And thanks for bringing up Dr John Christy (That’s called an own goal, and if you are going to quote someone at least show you have a level of intelligence by spelling their name right) who actually agrees that CO2 is in part causing the recent warming. As does Anthony Watts and Dr Spencer. In fact it is very difficult to find a scientist working in the field who doesn’t agree with the concept of anthropogenic warming. You on the other hand??????
“Vlad the Imposter” more like.

Reply to  Simon
December 19, 2022 3:10 pm

I’m disappointed, Simon. This entire exchange has been a run of logical fallacies on your part. Textbook examples. I recall you used to do at least a little better than that.

That said, I’m glad to see you stuck around after the registration requirement. Apparently it bothered some others to have to do so.

Reply to  Tony_G
December 19, 2022 3:21 pm

Nice to hear from you Tony. I wouldn’t have missed registration for the world. Was easy.

Vlad the Impaler
Reply to  Simon
December 19, 2022 3:42 pm

HIs discussion is that the models are inaccurate, and these same ‘models’ are the basis for much of your hysteria.

Believe it or not, within the ‘skeptic’ community, there is disagreement about the amount of ‘heating’ any CO2 is capable of. If Dr. Christy believes there is ‘x’ amount, I’m fine with that. My basis for my belief is my own study of geologic time, which shows that the effect of carbon dioxide is negligible.

I applaud Dr. Christy for his opinion, which is likely based on his own study of the question. His interview was most insightful. You should try it,


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