Climate Change Denial

The climate change debate has been fought largely outside of the peer-reviewed scientific literature, which has reached a strong consensus that not only is the environment warming but that anthropogenic greenhouse gases are a primary cause of that warming.  Instead, climate change deniers are seeking to promote their rhetoric in classrooms, both in schools and in universities.  
 
CASS is currently researching a course taught at a leading Canadian university that is reportedly teaching a biased view of climate science alongside denialist rhetoric.
 
Starting in early 2011, a team of CASS researchers audited the course "Climate Change: An Earth Sciences Perspective" at Carleton University. The team then assembled a report detailing a science-based critique of the course content, finding no less than 142 distinct errors of fact. Students in the course were given key climate denial takeaway messages that were not supported by peer-reviewed scientific literature.
 
The resulting report was the product of nearly one year of research and was finally released in February of 2012. The report, "Climate Change Denial in the Classroom: A report on the course "Climate Change: An Earth Sciences Perspective" (ERTH2402) at Carleton University" can be downloaded here
 
The goal of this project was to provide a firm, science-based evaluation of the course and while the report speaks for itself it does also point to a needed debate on the state of climate science teaching in Canadian universities and issues of academic freedom. While academic freedom must be held to be paramount, a course that provides such a biased account of accepted science can not be withheld from scrutiny. 
 
The following sources provide coverage of the CASS report and discuss these implications in more detail.

Media Advisory: Climate Change Denial in Carleton University Course Exposed by National Science Team
Official press release published via Marketwire and carried by the Wall Street Journal's Market Watch and Yahoo Finance.
 
Climate change skeptic's university course criticized
CBC
 
Climate scientist 'troubled' by skeptic's teachings at Carleton University
Postmedia News. Carried by the Ottawa Citizen, the Vancouver Sun, and the Province.
 
Carleton course denying climate change
OpenFile Ottawa
 
Climate skeptic laughs off criticism of university lectures
Postmedia, Ottawa Citizen
 
Fake Heartland "Scientist" Infiltrates Canadian University
DeSmog Blog, reprinted at SierraActivist and EcoWatch
 
Heartland associate taught 'biased' climate course at Ottawa university
The Guardian Environment Online, Inside Climate News and News on Green
 
Professor criticized for course denying climate change
Maclean's On Campus
 
Climate Science Denial at Carleton University: A Detailed Take-Down
Greg Laden's blog
 
Climate Change Denial in Canada’s Capital
Skeptic North
 
Climate Science Denial at Carleton University
Carbon Fixated
 
It Comes in Threes
Rabett Run
 
Climate Change and Education: Are Schools the Next Battlefield? 
PHI Planet
 
Denial in the Classroom
ClimateSight
 
Climate Change Denial being taught at Carleton University
Skeptical Cube Farm
 
Fakegate: Heartland-Backed ‘Scientist’ Misinforms Students, Is Utterly Debunked
Think Progress
 
Heartland ‘expert’ taught climate denialism at a Canadian university
Grist
 
Heartland Institute Associate Got Inside Carleton University
The Disaffected Lib 
 
Climate Denial in Canada's Classrooms
Oil Change International
 
Denialists In The Canadian Classroom
BigCityLib Strikes Back
 
Heartland Agent at Carleton University
The Galloping Beaver
 
Climate Science Denial at Carleton University
Ottawa Skeptics
 
Tom Harris Teaches Heartland Institute Fake Science to Students
Global Warming: Man or Myth
 
Climate denial at a Canadian university
Planet3.0
 
And mentions in several other blogs: here, here, here, and here.

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