Ask the right question. Ask the right people.

This story highlights the fact that the Clinton campaign planted questions in an audience in Iowa.

Here’s what gets me:

Question: “As a young person, I’m worried about the long-term effects of global warming How does your plan combat climate change?

Clinton: “Well, you should be worried. You know, I find as I travel around Iowa that it’s usually young people that ask me about global warming.”

 You see, until we fix our education system, people will ask these questions of politicians and not scientists.  Politicians don’t remember more than a couple of years ago; perhaps they take amnesiacs.  I seem to remember that when I was in high school and college (70s), politicians and scientists were concerned about the coming ice age.  Many reputable scientists have since learned that the climate is changing.  As it has for millions of years.  As it will continue to do.  Some other scientists have failed to look at climate change as part of a larger picture, thinking 10 years of data, or 5, or whatever supports their theory, is enough.

Remind me to flesh out the corollary to religion – if you’re taught young enough that where science conflicts with what you’re taught in religious education, religion is always right.  But that’s a tangent.

What must we do to teach our young people to ask such questions, but ask them of the right people?  Certainly Hillary isn’t going to “solve” a problem that’s not even clearly defined, despite the political popularity of those claims.  Ballot boxes are good for LOTS of things, but not changing the laws of science.

(Hillary and her other half are also good at convincing people they alone are responsible for good things and know who to blame for the bad.  I wonder how they do that.  Some say it’s charisma – though I’ve never understood the charismatic attraction people say either of them have.)

Perhaps the climate is changing differently due to man’s action.  Perhaps not.  There seems no doubt, given the scientific data, that climate change is a part of our world.  But this is not, in and of itself, an alarming fact – the climate of our planet has been changing for millions of years.  Are we to do something about it?  Are we able – WITHOUT forcing our values on someone else?  Should we?   That’s a completely different question.

Politicians will not provide answers on the issue – they can’t.  Voters need to understand that, and to require candidates to answer questions about things they can influence.

Published in: on November 10, 2007 at 2:46 pm  Leave a Comment  

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