Cabot: Science education will not wreck Wyoming's economy

2014-03-29T12:45:00Z Cabot: Science education will not wreck Wyoming's economy Casper Star-Tribune Online
March 29, 2014 12:45 pm


The efforts of Governor Mead and the Wyoming legislative body to deny the Next Generation Science Standards to Wyoming students because they contain climate science are reminiscent of the boy who placed his finger in a dam to stop a leak. The boy’s minuscule efforts to stave off the leak do not turn out well for him or his community.

I challenge State Rep. Teeters’ remarks that teaching climate science as fact would “wreck Wyoming’s economy… and cause other unwanted political ramifications.” Wyoming students’ access to current peer reviewed science standards that also include climate science will not wreck the economy of this state of Wyoming. Next Generation Science Standards teach critical thinking utilizing full information toward rational problem solving necessary to the academic, college, career and professional paths of our students and as well, to address critical contemporary issues. The education of students used as a political checker piece is woefully misguided action.

Per Wyoming’s economy, it is in fact in an excellent position to thrive by adapting and utilizing creative critical thinking in regard to energy issues, far better positioned than many parts of the country to embrace cutting edge sustainable technologies. Wyoming now has the largest carbon footprint of any state in the U.S. It’s time to reconsider the “leaking dam” ideology and work together to address cause and effect for the benefit of our children, our selves and future generations. We need to repair then replace the “leaking dam” with higher functioning alternatives. Our students deserve tools and support to address the world they are living in.

A Wyoming native, I was born, raised, live and work in this state. Wyoming is not an island. Wyoming values are not different from the values of other states and peoples for health, security, livelihood, connection and care of our children. Wyoming values do not discount intelligence as a tool for meeting current issues and addressing them. Wyoming is a big state and our students have big shoes to fill in regard to their futures, locally and as citizens of the larger world.


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  1. Pioneerpete
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    Pioneerpete - March 31, 2014 1:47 pm
    Science requires evidence that can be questioned, experiments that can be replicated. Surmising that science produces favorable or unfavorable conclusions is a point of view you have carried into tautology.
  2. Wyopoke
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    Wyopoke - March 31, 2014 12:22 pm
    If you read my posts you will see I don't cut either side any slack. The reason we have safety and environmental regulation at all is because of the bad actors in industry that would not police themselves.

    However pointing out bad behavior on one side does not justify histrionics on the other.
  3. Pioneerpete
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    Pioneerpete - March 31, 2014 8:35 am
    Look at the list of effects of climate change in yesterday's CST and tell us that these people are not going to be affected economically. By the way, did the GOP not, once upon a time, support a carbon tax to improve America's economy? And, should you not include in your list of those "talking down" to the rest of us, those leaders who continually talk about technology in regard to cleanup of oil spills and "clean coal."
  4. Pioneerpete
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    Pioneerpete - March 31, 2014 8:28 am
    We could be doing worse things. In South Carolina, an effort to name the Columbian Mammoth as the official state fossil met with objections because that might reflect too much science and insufficient religion. Luckily, Dee has not yet been threatened, let alone given the heave ho.
  5. Wyopoke
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    Wyopoke - March 30, 2014 8:50 pm
    The name calling on both sides really adds nothing to the argument.
  6. glendorealist
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    glendorealist - March 30, 2014 7:01 pm
    Actually the members of the People's Temple in Jones Town Guiana remind me alot of the tea party conspirators.
  7. Wyopoke
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    Wyopoke - March 30, 2014 2:26 pm
    Conclusions from models designed to produce results favorable to a certain point of view is not science.
  8. Wilderness
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    Wilderness - March 30, 2014 1:26 pm
    You keep shouting this, as if repetition and volume can make something true. You conveniently forget to cite any credible sources in your rants. Naturally, this is because most of the credible sources (peer-reviewed science, credible scientific association white papers and resolutions, and the like) refute your claim that anthropogenic influences are not contributing to climate change, and they generally document that we are doing so in a significant manner. I, unlike you, would be happy to provide an exhaustive list of such references. You game? I do not understand how people can deny a nearly irrefutable body of science, and do so at the expense of the coming generations. It's incomprehensible in this day and age.
  9. Wyopoke
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    Wyopoke - March 30, 2014 11:06 am
    There is a difference between teaching kids what is going on and indoctrinating them on what some think the root cause is. Teaching is not jamming a certain view down the throats of our children.

    Should we strive to reduce emissions? Certainly. Should we bankrupt the country to do so? Definitely not.

    The consumers of energy are who bear the brunt of the increase in energy costs and the ones hurt most are the ones who can afford it least. The lower middle class and those at or below poverty level.

    In other words the liberal left is hurting those very people they purport to protect.

    Corporate masters? Name one who has benefitted financially from championing man caused climate change than Al Gore. How much of his earnings has he used to better the lives of those he supposedly advocates for? He still flies that jet around expelling tons and tons of carbon emissions.

    Hypocracy??? Better think this through some more. If more of these advocates actually walked their talk instead of talking down to the rest of us about the sacrifices we (not they) should make then maybe we could all work together towards economically and technologically sound solutions.
  10. hellowyo
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    hellowyo - March 30, 2014 8:16 am
    I still sit here in Disbelief, shaking my head. I dont even know how to respond. We dont like facts so we stick our head in the sand and say we are not going to teach our kids what is going on around us? What kind of stupid does it take to do this? We are not going to teach good science to our kids because we dont like the fact that the climate and earth are changing right before our eyes. Maybe some of those students will discover new ways to use our vast fossil fuels in less harmful ways. "Conservatives" dont like something, or it may cost thier corporate masters a few dollars in profit so we cannot even teach our kids true science. Stunning really!
  11. Wyopoke
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    Wyopoke - March 30, 2014 6:32 am
    I agree - as I've noted previously - that we should reduce our emissions. Just not at the expense of the economy.

    Politics and emotion are driving instead of common sense and economics. There are plenty of things we can do that are economically viable.
  12. dd ric
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    dd ric - March 30, 2014 6:18 am
    lvhs,it doesn't matter that the change is here,we have to do what can be done to stop our pollution. You google Earth,how can we NOT be adding to the problem? ddric
  13. Wyopoke
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    Wyopoke - March 29, 2014 7:18 pm
    Education or indoctrination?

    Education provides for dissent and debate. Indoctrination does not.

    Judging from the vitriol emanating from the climate change camp I would say there is not much room for dissent over there.
  14. glendorealist
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    glendorealist - March 29, 2014 6:16 pm
    77 you sure like to label anyone that opposes your opinion. you really need to crawl out of your cave. narrow minded people are the scourge of society.
  15. LVHS77
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    LVHS77 - March 29, 2014 2:43 pm
    Man caused climate change is a HOAX designed to wreck the American standard of living. The true believers remind me of the members of the People's Temple in Jones Town Guiana. We all know how that turned out.
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