South Dakota, Climate Change and Tibetan? Astrology

South Dakota legislators at their best!

Hello Climate-Scientists! Welcome to South Dakota! Land of the science of astrology. Please leave a comment concerning how silly this is…

From Think Progress

Last week, the South Dakota House of Representatives passed a resolution to “urge” public schools to teach astrology. By a 36-30 vote, the legislators passed House Concurrent Resolution 1009, “Calling for balanced teaching of global warming in the public schools of South Dakota.” After repeating longdebunked denier myths and calling carbon dioxide “the gas of life,” the resolution concludes that public schools should teach that “global warming is a scientific theory rather than a proven fact”:

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the House of Representatives of the Eighty-fifth Legislature of the State of South Dakota, the Senate concurring therein, that the South Dakota Legislature urges that instruction in the public schools relating to global warming include the following:

(1) That global warming is a scientific theory rather than a proven fact;
(2) That there are a variety of climatological, meteorological, astrological, thermological, cosmological, and ecological dynamics that can effect [sic] world weather phenomena and that the significance and interrelativity of these factors is largely speculative; and
(3) That the debate on global warming has subsumed political and philosophical viewpoints which have complicated and prejudiced the scientific investigation of global warming phenomena; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Legislature urges that all instruction on the theory of global warming be appropriate to the age and academic development of the student and to the prevailing classroom circumstances.

Yesterday, the South Dakota Senate passed by a vote of 18-17 an amended version of the resolution which eliminates most of the anti-science conspiracy theories, but still asserts that the “global warming debate” has “prejudiced the scientific investigation of global climatic change phenomena.” The amended version now “returns to the House for approval.” (HT: Thoughts From Kansas)

With a little commentary from the Rapid City Journal:

At the School of Mines, students are taught to first think critically, said geology professor Colin Paterson.

The resolution allows the Legislature to micromanage the content of courses where professionals are designing and presenting the material, he said.

He teaches an introductory science class required for freshmen, and in it, Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” is shown to students, while a panel of faculty sits in the front of the classroom. The video is paused for debate, discussion and fact checking, he said.

“Our intent is to have them getting used to thinking critically,” he said. “Climate change is the vehicle we use.”

I went to South Dakota School of Mines and I think that this is indeed “micromanaging” in order to push a political agenda.  As my good friend, the Bitterroot Badger mentioned to me on Twitter.

Something in the water in SD? Ready to teach “astrological…effects” [sic] of climate change?


One can only hope that they find someone qualified like this individual that runs a Tibetan Digital Altar to do the Astrology!



13 thoughts on “South Dakota, Climate Change and Tibetan? Astrology

  1. Ugh. This is ridiculous. They are legislating this crap??? Seriously? Shouldn’t they be more worried about the people driving down the road with enough alcohol in their system that they sweat grain alcohol??

  2. Part of the problem was that this phenomenon was mis-titled as “global warming” when it should more accurately be referred to as “global climate change.” But the global warming moniker stuck, which makes it an easy target for people who willfully ignore science. Dylan Ratigan explained it really well one time in response to some misinformation delivered by Glenn Beck.

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  6. That HAS to be the funniest news item I have read in years!

    “Teaching critical thinking”? I think there’s a typo somewhere, I think the original read “teaching CRIMINAL thinking”!


  7. referred from RealClimate:

    The good thing fro me is that I can look forward to a day when La. isn’t the least-educated state in the Union. SD is making a break for the bottom of the list!

    • Oh Davey! That is rough but not wholly untrue. There are some progressives out here but we just can’t seem to get them elected. Is LA really that much better though?

      Thanks for commenting!


  8. Can I use this information on the project that I’m wokring? It’s about sustainably managing environment. I will properly cite you.

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