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Professors to Students: Drop Course If You Want Debate on Climate Change

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By    |   Thursday, 01 Sep 2016 12:47 PM

Three professors, who were teaching an online course at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, faced criticism for telling students that man-made climate change would not be open for debate, and those who think otherwise could drop the class, The Washington Times reported.

"The point of departure for this course is based on the scientific premise that human induced climate change is valid and occurring," the professors were quoted as saying. "We will not, at any time, debate the science of climate change, nor will the 'other side' of the climate change debate be taught or discussed in this course."

"Opening up a debate that 98 percent of climate scientists unequivocally agree to be a nondebate would detract from the central concerns of environment and health addressed in this course," they added. "For those who disagree with the course's premise, we respectfully ask that you do not take this course, as there are options within the Humanities program for face to face this semester and online next."

Following the remarks, there was an uproar amongst students who were critical of the professors' comments.

"If these professors feel they have such a case for man-made global warming, shouldn't they be able to take all comers?" Douglas J. Hale, an assistant professor at Jefferson College in Hillsboro, Missouri told the Times. "Perhaps they aren't qualified to defend it and simply choose to eliminate the debate from their curriculum. How sad."

Staging a cover-up, university spokesman Tom Hutton said that the professors had offered to discuss the course with students "who have concerns or differing opinions."

The course syllabus also stated that only the negative impacts of fracking will be taught. While many expressed their support, hundreds objected it, calling the professors "hostile control freaks."

Fracking, also known as Hydraulic fracturing, involves injecting highly pressurized liquid deep into sedimentary rock formations to loosen oil and natural gas deposits. The process, which has resulted in the world dominance in natural gas production for the U.S., has been severely opposed by many environmental movements.

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Three professors, who were teaching an online course at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, faced criticism for telling students that man-made climate change would not be open for debate, and those who think otherwise could drop the class, The Washington Times reported.
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