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Mock Jury Finds Man Not Guilty for Global Warming

It's an interesting idea, putting on a mock trial and taking a look at the evidence to see if man is responsible for global warming. The verdict: man has been found not guilty by a jury of Colorado sixth graders.

Humans don't cause global warming, a jury of sixth graders at Trail Ridge Middle School concluded Thursday after hearing opposing arguments from their peers.


"They're pretty young for this kind of thinking. They did great," paleontology teacher Ken Poppe said after the 40-minute "trial" in his classroom.

With Earth's warming accepted as a tenet, pre-teen "lawyers" and "scientists" debated whether humans have caused it.

Eleven jurors listened intently as prosecutors and defendants flashed contradictory graphs tracking global temperatures, carbon dioxide levels, polar ice cap statistics, volcanic activity and sea surface temperatures -- all of which were found Wednesday in the school's computer lab.

"The earth has warmed and cooled over many years. If it's caused by CO2, why haven't the charts shot up?" Poppe's son and lead prosecutor Caleb argued during a rebuttal.

In a climax that sent half the class to its feet and forced the judge to call for order, opponent Monique Nem slapped a contradictory graph onto the prosecution's table.

"We've proven you wrong! The CO2 levels have shot up," she said.

The jury responded more warmly, however, to Caleb Poppe's response: The graphic cited a Hawaiian source; Hawaii has volcanoes; volcanoes emit CO2.

In closing arguments, Alexia Hegy said global temperatures actually decreased in the 1960's, while the global population rose. Humans cannot be at fault, she concluded.

With the final word, defense attorney Sarah Steed countered: "It all comes back to us, the people -- not the sun, not the weather. We need to turn off lights when we don't need them. Bikes can work. The environment can be richer."

Seven of 11 jurors decided humans are not to blame, but everyone agreed classroom debates make for fun learning.

Read the rest of the article. It's really interesting to see how the kids participated in the debate. As a side note, according to the article, only one parent expected the teacher to present Al Gore's movie as indisputable fact.

Newsbusters noted how the mainstream media didn't report on this at all:

Of course, the most important aspect of this event is likely how the media ignored it. Sure, this is just one middle school in a city outside of Boulder, Colorado, with a total population of 83,000.


However, given the huge attention being paid to global warming, and the Congressional testimony of soon-to-be-Dr. Al Gore just days prior, isn't it rather safe to assume that if the verdict had gone for the AGW believers, this would have been covered as a puff piece by many media outlets?

Can't you envision Meredith Viera and Matt Lauer getting all gooey over how darling these kids were, and how amazingly clever for their age? And doesn't this just show how important and dire this issue is, and how clearly settled the debate if a group of sixth-graders can see the truth that the skeptics can't?

Of course, none of that happened because the outcome didn't fit with the media's view.

So what's the moral of this story? When presented with all the facts and data, even sixth graders come to the conclusion that man does not cause global warming.


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Comments (40)

These 6th graders have high... (Below threshold)
914:

These 6th graders have higher IQs then Al Gore and all His pathetic minions combined!

God bless them!

Of course we should take th... (Below threshold)
Ted Parsons:

Of course we should take the word of sheltered children in a conservative suburb of Colorado instead of scientists in over 100 countries with advanced degrees in climate and atmosphereic science. Makes sense to me.

Ted, are you saying that sh... (Below threshold)
Wiley T. Stoner:

Ted, are you saying that sheltered kids in the 6th grade are more likely to have an agenda than scientists who get research money from tax dollars? There is no, and I mean NO real basis to prove global warming is being, has ever been or will ever be caused by human beings. I don't suppose anyone has pointed out that if global warming is a reality, vast portions of the earth will become cultivatable land. Siberia, northern Canada, and Greenland come to mind. Real science says the oceans may rise as much as 18 inches. Sounds like a real disaster to me. But Ted, be sure to buy your carbon credits from algore. As you do so, be reminded that you are dooming those who live in Africa, you know, the ones you claim to care about, to perpetual poverty.

Ted, are you saying that... (Below threshold)
Ted Parsons:

Ted, are you saying that sheltered kids in the 6th grade are more likely to have an agenda than scientists who get research money from tax dollars?

red herring, next

There is no, and I mean NO real basis to prove global warming is being, has ever been or will ever be caused by human beings.

Then I am sure you will have ample evidence to back up your assertions. I'd love to see your evidence.

For whatever it may be worth, the scientific community that supports the study of global warming haven't officially said that they are 100% certain of their findings, however it is very very likely that man made pollution will contribute to the overall temperature change world wide.

Whereas the global warming skeptics are absolutely 100% certain that they are right down the line. There is no room for considering all the facts, rather the skeptics decide to personally attack people like Al Gore, rather than his message or his movie, which once again renders your arguement invalid.

If Michael Crichton and a class of sixth graders, led by a teacher who is a known creationist who penned a book called 'Reclaiming Science from Darwinism: A Clear Understanding of Creation, Evolution, and Intelligent Design' are your experts, then I really pity your assertions.


Hey Ted, however slanted, t... (Below threshold)
kim:

Hey Ted, however slanted, those 6th graders had a better debate than the cloistered climate scientists who still believe the fraud that the phony hockey stick foisted on the world via the IPCC.
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While I think these six gra... (Below threshold)
Gringo:

While I think these six graders are no more valid than the armies of six graders the left trots out when the mock trials go their way, I have to say one thing:

Kudos to these kids!
They aren't letting the fear get to them.
When I was my a kid, my life was a misery of leftist terror, convinced at any moment that the end of the world was coming from the Evil Darth Reagan's unprovoked nuclear attacks on the rest of the world.

I was terrified daily that at any moment my family could suddenly be on the street, homeless-- because 'it could happen to anyone.'

In second grade our teacher had us write an essay about the next ice age... I had nightmares for a week about a gigantic glacier slowly building up to my house.

So kudos to these kids... the left exists in a state of attempting to destroy childhood-- with fear, with abortion, with limits on play, teasing, and basic fun-- and these kids are having none of it.


No surprise here. Those on ... (Below threshold)
Brian:

No surprise here. Those on the right often come to their conclusions using the reasoning abilities of a sixth-grader.

Of course, the most impo... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Of course, the most important aspect of this event is likely how the media ignored it.
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Of course, none of that happened because the outcome didn't fit with the media's view.

Of course, that's a known fact, isn't it? Why must they politicize a bunch of sixth-graders?

Newsbusters noted how th... (Below threshold)

Newsbusters noted how the mainstream media didn't report on this at all.

But since the mainstream media didn't report on this at all, the mainstream media also did not point out that the teacher in this class, Ken Poppe, is a creationist who believes that all life on earth -- plants, animals, and humans -- was created in seven days, and that the geological age of the earth is 10,000 years at most.

And guess what? While complaining about what the media did not report on, Noel Sheppard -- curiously enough -- failed entirely to mention the fact that the teacher of this class is a creationist.

As a side note, accor... (Below threshold)
Brian:

As a side note, according to the article, only one parent expected the teacher to present Al Gore's movie as indisputable fact.

No, not "according to the article". It was according to the teacher:

That mother expected him to present Al Gore's global warming movie "An Inconvenient Truth" as indisputable facts, Poppe said.

If the MSM could be expected to report this as accurately as you have, I'm glad they didn't bother.

Ted, red herring indeed. I... (Below threshold)
Wiley T. Stoner:

Ted, red herring indeed. If you believe those who make there living constantly needing to find something new to investigate are less bias or tend to be than 11 year olds who have no agenda when it comes to observing both sides of an arguement, because they have no vested interest in the outcome. You are a fool. My proof that global warming is a sham or at least not the greatest threat to mankind ever known, acording to algore. The fact the is is algore. By the way Ted, do you buy your carbon credits from Big Al yet? Possibly you trade him calorie credits.

When presented with all the... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

When presented with all the facts and data: Maybe the sixth graders were presented with the facts and dats from the thousands of climate experts that totally disagree with Algore-abge.

Do we have to wait over 30 years to put Algore and his minions in the trash heap with the 'everyone is going to freeze to death' experts of the mid-seventies? We had the same hype then, only fewer left wing weenies with junk science degrees on welfare to run around demonstrating in support of an idiot. After being proven wrong on ever demonstration in history I would think even a dummie in the left wing would wake up. Na, that's too simple for the brain washed, brain dead democrats.

The comedy from the democrats party continues and I love it.

Can I change my name to Popeye and get $25 million worth of spinish from Peeeeloshi?

It is also not well publici... (Below threshold)

It is also not well publicized that 6th graders in Atlanta's Second District recently held a debate over dark matter as a feasible explanation for the observed rotational velocities of galaxies. The jury decided that the explanation was not warranted (6-3) and that the Modified Newtonian Dynamics theory made more sense to them, especially the modification to Poisson's equation. The true turning point came over the debate of "invisible dwarf galaxies" when Frankie Lawrentz for the defense remarked, "The only people discovering 'invisible dwarf galaxies' are potheads, not scientists!" The prosecution never recovered from this terrific rebuttal that made their whole argument seem rather silly.

Take that, Neal Dalal and Stelios Kazantzidis. How does it feel to have your theories proven wrong by 6th graders? The outcome of this debate could clearly change the course of scientific thought on dark matter. Why is this important information being suppressed?

No, not "according to t... (Below threshold)
marc:

No, not "according to the article". It was according to the teacher: Brian

and what was your college major, knitting picks?

Perhaps you can explain how a teacher's quote that is contained in the article is not "according to the article?"

Don't strain yourself.

Actually what this proves i... (Below threshold)
dalleceneri:

Actually what this proves is that most of the Wizbang crowd are as immature and unaware socially as a group of Colorado 6th graders.

Yes, the 6th Graders are mo... (Below threshold)
Mitchell:

Yes, the 6th Graders are more competent than the liberals, and less petulant.

"Hey Ted, however slante... (Below threshold)
dalleceneri:

"Hey Ted, however slanted, those 6th graders had a better debate than the cloistered climate scientists who still believe the fraud "

The above, a statement by a drooling sub-moron who thinks that a group of 6th graders led by a Pied Piper of a scientific creationist hack pseudo teacher is somehow meritorious when his indoctrinated 6th graders suck up the fraud's non-science religious mythology.

Brian should be required to... (Below threshold)
Old Coot:

Brian should be required to buy a whole bunch of carbon offsets to mitigate the flatulence he deposits here.

dallecenri has the sound of... (Below threshold)
jhow66:

dallecenri has the sound of a sockie that has not been here for awhile. Hmmmmm.

Perhaps you can explain ... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Perhaps you can explain how a teacher's quote that is contained in the article is not "according to the article?" Don't strain yourself.

No strain at all. In fact, you're making it easy by echoing my point. Kim didn't report "the teacher's quote". Attributing a statement to the article implies the writer vetted that statement. Kim could have said, "according to the article, the teacher said...." But instead, she implied the article stated a fact that it did not state.

Brian should be required... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Brian should be required to buy a whole bunch of carbon offsets to mitigate the flatulence he deposits here.

Well, since your logical reasoning has evidently petrified, perhaps I can buy some of it off you.

Ah ha!

the 'everyone is going t... (Below threshold)
Brian:

the 'everyone is going to freeze to death' experts of the mid-seventies? We had the same hype then
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Na, that's too simple for the brain washed, brain dead democrats.

One of the few remaining who still pulls out this canard, and he calls everyone else brain-washed and brain dead! The comedy from Scrappy continues and I love it!

Sorry, dallecenri, but that... (Below threshold)
kim:

Sorry, dallecenri, but that 6th grade volleying about carbon dioxide, though mistaken, was lively, as opposed to Mann's disciples who are mistaken, and unlively. Now was that string of invective you unburdened yourself of to demonstate your skill at the ad hominem, or was it just projection?
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The point isn't whether the... (Below threshold)
jpm100:

The point isn't whether they really proved it correctly or not.

It just spectacular they are encouraging critical thinking on a topic that at other schools they are force feeding Global Warming Dogma into student's brains.

Say it again, jpm100; drool... (Below threshold)
kim:

Say it again, jpm100; drooling moron dallecenri's kids need to hear it.
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Jpm?/huggggghhh?</... (Below threshold)
914:

Jpm?/

huggggghhh?

k

next

Agree with jpm, 914 appears... (Below threshold)
Mitchell:

Agree with jpm, 914 appears drunk, next.

"Say it again, jpm100; d... (Below threshold)
dalleceneri:

"Say it again, jpm100; drooling moron dallecenri's kids need to hear it."

What a naïf; the very silly idea that anyone might be learning to think in a class presided over by a Pied Pooper scientific creationist who likely leads his pack of innocents into believing the world can't be more than 6000 years old and who likely never profers an answer as to where the hell Mrs. Cain came from.

Sorry, the relevant charact... (Below threshold)
kim:

Sorry, the relevant characteristic was the opposing points of view, something lacking in the disciples of the Piltdown Mann.

You are hung up on mythology. Got a problem you care to lay out?
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Check out James Rausch in R... (Below threshold)
kim:

Check out James Rausch in ReasonOnline for 3/23/07, an article titled 'A Convenient Truth'. Much about carbon credits.
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why don't you provide a lin... (Below threshold)
dalleceneri:

why don't you provide a link to your pearls of wisdom as opposed to your prolific "search & read" assignments?

Are you the spck-puppet for "goddessoftheclassroom?"

The laughable part about gl... (Below threshold)
John S:

The laughable part about global warming is that carbon dioxide isn't a greenhouse gas. Consider Mars. It's atmosphere is 95% CO2 and its primary characteristic, compared to the Earth, is that its atmosphere can't hold heat. When the sun sets, the temperature drops from 65 below zero to 200 degrees below zero.

And then there's that inconvenient truth that the Martian ice caps are melting faster than our ice caps. This is an undeniable truth based on two orbiters taking pictures daily for the past 10 years. And they haven't spotted a single SUV.

Links deteriorate and the f... (Below threshold)
kim:

Links deteriorate and the facts are there for those with the will to find them. No one else ought to find them. Your objection to my lack of links is identical to all the others who are too lazy to check my facts. Those who do check, don't complain.
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Check your facts??? Bwahah... (Below threshold)
dalleceneri:

Check your facts??? Bwahahahahahaha

All you provide are reading assignments and offer some crap about deteriorating links. Most readers are not likely to sort through the bilge you profer looking to light on one of your talking points.

From what I've seen, the mantra around here is "links, please." Unsubstantiated bilge w/ some author reference just looks plain lazy.

If you've got merit, link it.

If you can dispute my facts... (Below threshold)
kim:

If you can dispute my facts or refute my arguments, do so; please direct your own rhetoric, not mine.
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Perhaps dalleceneri is stru... (Below threshold)
kim:

Perhaps dalleceneri is struggling under the tremendous misapprehension that I am trying to persuade him.

No, certainly not him. Only the curious ones. And they can only persuade themselves. Hence, no links. It's simple, really.
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d, you're a gutterball all ... (Below threshold)
kim:

d, you're a gutterball all wound up with misplaced fear of religion. Go develop your personal spirituality, or take a crap, and come back when you can bowl me over.
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Yeah, I'm afraid of theocra... (Below threshold)
kim:

Yeah, I'm afraid of theocrats, too, but it ain't the turn the other cheek, love everybody variety whom I fear; it's the axe murdering, wife beating, brow debasing variety I fear.
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Shows not all kids belive t... (Below threshold)
spurwing plover:

Shows not all kids belive this man made global warming poppycock and consiter AL GORE as a pathetic lying fool and they mostt like were not brainwashed by CAPTIAN PLANET and other eco-freak poppyock bull kaka

It's a wise son who know hi... (Below threshold)
kim:

It's a wise son who know his own pappy, 'Kaka' Bull.
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