Geoscientist and astrophysicist Willie Soon separates fact from fiction in the global warming debate. He explains why the forecasts from CO2 climate models have been so wrong and why solar influences on clouds, oceans, and wind drive climate change, not CO2 emissions. Soon has studied this issue for 30 years, and he is humorous, too. Stanford University physicist Elliott Bloom comments. My parents taught me to resist peer pressure with the simple phrase everyone has heard, “If your friends jumped off a bridge, would you follow?”
This is an important lesson for all serious students, and I try to pass it on to mine. Climate change slogans show up in school. The SAT had a reading passage on how two superstitions, Friday the 13th and the number 13, evolved. The passage had no citations or proof. I pointed this out to my student and told her one cannot write junk and get away with it.
Some people find it very difficult to resist jumping off the bridge … or swimming against the tide. When it is a riptide, swim along the shoreline until you can escape the pull of the riptide. When free from the pull, swim at an angle away from the riptide toward the shore. Head-on confrontations with riptides will fail. Be smarter.