Open University Course Book on Climate Change

Looking through one of the secondhand bookshops in Cheltenham on Friday, I found a copy of a course book for the Open University’s series on climate change. I didn’t buy it, because I’ve got enough books I’m reading already. And I’m afraid I can’t remember who wrote it, except that the first name of one of the authors was ‘Kiki’.

However, I think it’s worth mentioning just to let people know that this literature is out there. Donald Trump and his fellow anti-science fanatics in the White House are trying to suppress all the evidence relating to climate change, and gag and sack the federal scientists researching it. Within months of his election he had inserted clauses in their contracts, which forbid them to publish academic papers supporting climate change. Now, according to one of the left-wing American news sites I follow, he’s decimated the number of employees and researchers within the American civil service dealing with climate change to the point where the federal office is basically empty.

All this is for the benefit of the Republican party’s corporate donors, particularly in big oil, led by the Koch Brothers. The gruesome twosome have tried to suppress investigation and research in climate change and environmental damage by campaigning for the closure of federal and university laboratories. Once these have been closed, the Koch brothers then donate money to the universities to relaunch the labs, but with a different focus which avoids these issues.

The last thing the fossil fuel industries want is Americans getting clean, green, renewable energy, which is why they’re also trying to pass legislation outlawing it and penalizing those Americans who use it. And they really, really don’t want ordinary Americans realizing just how much the planet is being trashed, thanks to industrialists like the Kochs.

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3 Responses to “Open University Course Book on Climate Change”

  1. lylabyrne Says:

    HI – If you have time, will much appreciate references to confirm the two statements below. One each will do. I do not doubt it [ it goes with other utterly depraved behaviour that is beyond parody] – but some might and would like to include the refs in my own work. THANKS.

    ‘Within months of his election he had inserted clauses in their contracts, which forbid them to publish academic papers supporting climate change.’

    ‘…..they’re also trying to pass legislation outlawing it and penalizing those Americans who use it [green energy].’

    • beastrabban Says:

      Hi Lylabyrne – I took the first statement from a series of videos made by The Young Turks, such as this one. It reports that Trump was inserting gag orders stopping federal scientists from publishing material on climate change.

    • beastrabban Says:

      I also found this piece from The Young Turks’ John Iadarola reporting on the proposal by ALEC, a Conservative thinktank funded by the Koch brothers, to introduce legislation against solar panels.

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