“Without a doubt, our team, the climate ‘skeptic’ or ‘realist’ team, won.” That’s what renowned astronaut, physicist, and CFACT adviser Walter Cunningham had to say about the climate change debate he participated in at San Jacinto College South near Houston, Texas.
There were several hundred students in attendance as the skeptic and alarmist teams clashed over 10 different questions and discussion points poised by audience and faculty members. “I’d say about 80% of those in attendance were sold on the alarmist position in the beginning,” Cunningham said. “But I’m confident we started changing minds by the end. The students I worked with were the most professional and well prepared students I’ve ever met.”
Cunningham, who piloted the Apollo 7 spacecraft and has spent over 263 hours in space, has also partnered with CFACT on many efforts to combat global warming alarmism. “It’s very important for people to actually look at the data on temperatures and make up their own mind, rather than have people with an agenda tell them what they should believe. That’s why a lot of people believe that humans are having a catastrophic impact on the climate, they’re just listening to the media and not looking at facts for themselves,” Cunningham added.
The students, Phi Tran and Emily Fleck, tore through the alarmist fear-mongering like tissue paper. When the opposing team brought up that it was the hottest year on record, Cunningham’s team countered with the fact that while the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) claims the increase in temperatures was 0.04 degrees celsius, the British Met Office reported the increase was 0.01 degrees celsius, and both of those measurements are meaningless because they are within the statistical margin of error for climate calculations.
In addition, prior to that, there was an 18 year pause of temperature increases, which destroys every argument that temperatures are spiraling faster and faster out of control because of increased fossil fuel use.
“This was the biggest crowd San Jacinto college has ever had to an event,” concluded Cunningham. “That’s wonderful in itself, because it shows people are desperate for the truth on these issues, and are open to other arguments. The crowds wouldn’t be so big for an event like this if the so-called consensus and zero doubt that the alarmists like to tout was true.”