Tom Friedman and Climate Change at GW

January 26, 2010

This past Thursday, January 21 2009, George Washington University hosted New York Times columnist, author, and climate change evangel, Thomas Friedman to discuss his book, Hot, Flat, and Crowded at GW’s Lisner Auditorium.

As GW Young America’s Foundation has documented earlier this academic year, our university has a scary history of attempting to indoctrinate its students with “climate change crisis.” From strongly recommending freshmen to read Friedman’s book, to hosting the environmentalist speakers, to ‘going green initiatives,” it is quite clear that there is no room for debate on this issue.

We at GW Young America’s Foundation believe that it is not the university’s role to mold students into climate change evangels, but rather to educate the student on both sides of the issues, so that the student may develop critical thinking skills and thus draw their own conclusions. Therefore, our group held a “global warming beach party in front of auditorium, to protest GW’s indoctrination attempts, and the economic impacts of cap and trade.

Man-made climate change is not a scientific fact, it may be true, it may not. Friedman admitted this during his lecture, and even said there might only be a ‘” one percent chance that man made climate change is occurring and going have catastrophic consequences.” This argument is quite frightening when considering the economic impacts of the American Clean Energy and Security Act, a.k.a. the Waxman- Markey Bill, a.k.a. Cap and Trade, which passed the House this past June but still needs to reach the Senate floor. The Heritage Foundation estimates that if the bill gets signed into law, over 400,000 manufacturing jobs will be lost, in time of nearly 10% unemployment, this is would catastrophic for our economy. We must ask ourselves is worth crippling our economy for something that there is quite possibly only a “one percent” chance of reversing? I would certainly argue no, and I assume the 1.1 million Americans who will lose their jobs by 2035 due to the implications of the bill would agree.

Sam K. Theodosopoulos is the Editor-at-Large of the GW YAF Blog.


The Climate Change Indoctrination Continues

December 8, 2009

Once again, The George Washington University is guilty of indoctrinating their students about the climate change “crisis.”

GW Today reports:

“On Dec. 4, a panel of University administrators discussed the ways Thomas Friedman’s book Hot, Flat and Crowded, this year’s selection for the Freshman Reading Program, relates to sustainability efforts on campus.”

Furthermore, they report that:  “New York Times columnist and best-selling author Thomas Friedman will deliver a public lecture at GW Jan. 21.”

Here is the scary evidence of indoctrination:

“According to Dr. Rulnick, her division has been trying to find its own solutions, from creating a “green alumni network” on LinkedIn to sending copies of Mr. Friedman’s book to 50 high schools that send graduates to GW. The next freshman class may include lots of students who have already read the book, she said.”

As I outlined in a previous post, it should not be the goal of GWU or any other institution of higher learning, to make its students environmental evangels; rather they should present both sides of the issue and let the students draw his/her own conclusions. It is painfully obvious that by accepting Freidman’s book as fact and not having students read or be presented with opposing views that the university is failing in one of its most basic responsibilities: to produce students who have critical thinking skills.

Moreover, GW is apparently taking the indoctrination one step further by having high school students who are interested in attending GW read the book first, so they are already environmental evangelists. This is scary.

Sam K. Theodosopulos is the Editor-at-Large if the GWYAF Blog.

Al Gore at GW

November 5, 2009

Former Vice President and Nobel Prize winning climate change evangel Al Gore is speaking this evening on Climate Change, the environment, and will be reading from his new book, ‘Our Choice.”

Once again, GW fails to bring conservative opinion to counter liberal claims about global warming. Our university has shut off debate about the issue, as students were also asked to read liberal NYT columnist Tom Friedman’s book about climate change this summer.

With Cap and Trade legislation an important issue, one would expect intense debate and diversity of opinion. Once again, GW fails us in this respect.

Sam K. Theodosopoulos is the Editor-at-Large of the GW YAF blog.