Laurie David's weak defense of her global warming kid's book
It turns out one of the illustrations in the book was accidentally mislabeled. This has got the gang at the at the Science and Public Policy Instituted up in arms -- or at least pretending to be -- no doubt hoping to ride our coattails, create some controversy, and promote their own new book.
First of all, The Sky's Not Falling: Why It's OK to Chill about Global Warming , written by Prof. Holly Fretwell, is not SPPI's book -- it is ours. David is falsely impugning SPPI's motives.
Second, the error that SPPI caught is not minor. I have read David's book, and she and Cami Gordon do not make much of an effort to prove that mankind's activities are causing global warming, or that the current trend of temperature change is abnormal when compared to prior cycles. Instead, she takes this for granted and offers a passing reference to a graph with CO2 atmospheric concentration and temperature (p. 18) as proof that economic activity threatens to wipe out penguins and polar bears.
Perhaps David was in too much of a hurry to give kids directions on becoming little activists to spend time proving her hypothesis. I guess science isn't as much fun as suggesting that kids mail out petitions to their mayor (p. 71), play "count the hybrids" on road trips to annoy their parents into buying a green car (p. 86), or watch her movie "An Inconvenient Truth" at school assemblies (p. 84). Of course, since David has previously stated that the goal of her book is to manipulate children, we shouldn't be surprised that the entire second half is comprised of nothing but tips like this.
I'd like to request that Laurie David read chapter 2 of The Sky's Not Falling, entitled "Global Temperatures Go Up and Down -- Naturally," for a more careful treatment of the facts that she butchered and omitted from her own book. I'd be happy to send her a copy.