On Mon, Mar 1, 2010 at 1:17 PM,
Dear Curtis, thank you for your recent email re. HCR 1109. Anyone that would come out against the obvious need for 'balance' on this issue has been living in a cave. It seems that each day more emails are revealed that show the lies and deceit by those that worship at the altar of global warming. I look forward to the day that I can vote for an actual bill that would mandate equal teaching on this issue in our public schools.
Sincerely, Rep. Jensen
You are welcome to your opinions about science, it's a free country, but that's really beside the point.
The main problem I have with this bill is that it casts South Dakota in a bad light to serious scientists, to the point of perhaps persuading DOE and NSF to think twice about making major investments in a state that seems to be interested in DUSEL mostly for a federal handout, since South Dakota's elected officials often demonstrate such little respect or understanding of scientific endeavor.
108 E Centennial
I also heard from the bill's sponsor, Rep. Don Kopp, who revealed his Zoroastrian view of the world (Rep Kopp, if you're reading this, time to google "Zoroastrianism" -- or maybe use your Webster's Abridged if you don't have a handle on the google yet.
On Mon, Mar 1, 2010 at 11:55 AM,
This isn't a garbage bill. It is absolutely fair and promotes good science. If there are two sides to a scientific issue but only one taught, that's not scientific education, that's indoctrination.
rep don kopp
So, you stand by "astrological" causes for climate change?
Rep Kopp, with all due respect, you are welcome to your opinion about climate science, but
a) I called it a "garbage" bill because I have a problem with the Legislature so cavalierly speaking about science or education issues. Do you have research proving a bias in South Dakota classrooms in the first place? Did you entertain any input from scientists and science educators in the state? If you had done the basic work even a HCR deserves, I seriously doubt the word "astrological" would not have been in the text of the bill as passed.
b) the bill has cast our State in a bad light -- and could hurt our chances for DUSEL to be chosen as a national science laboratory. If DOE abandons DUSEL, killing the project, _you_ will be one of the people that defeated it.