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Cornell University to Hold Debate on Climate Change

Cornell University to Hold Debate on Climate Change

“Anytime we can get both sides of an issue on a college campus debated, I think that’s a victory for free speech”

This is somewhat surprising because the left usually likes to say there is no debate on this topic. Professor Jacobson is quoted in the article.

The College Fix reports:

In ‘victory for free speech,’ Cornell to host climate change debate

Although Cornell University is no stranger to cancel culture incidents, including a widely publicized shout down of a speech by conservative Ann Coulter last semester, the Ivy League institution is set to host a debate on climate change next week without much pushback at all.

The Steamboat Institute, a conservative Colorado-based think tank, will debut its 2023 Campus Liberty Tour at Cornell with a debate March 15 on whether humans must vastly reduce greenhouse gas emissions to help solve climate change.

The institute partnered with the Cornell Free Speech Alliance to host the event.

“Anytime we can get both sides of an issue on a college campus debated, I think that’s a victory for free speech,” the institute’s spokesperson Khristine Brookes told The College Fix in a telephone interview Thursday.

Robert Socolow, professor emeritus at the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University, will argue in favor of massive reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, while Steven Koonin, undersecretary for science at the U.S. Department of Energy under President Barack Obama, will argue against it.

Brookes said having a former Obama official argue against the need for radical climate change policies teaches college students not to “pigeonhole people.” She said hundreds of students are expected to attend the debate and then engage in their own discussions on the topic. Other campuses are expected to have livestream watch parties so students nationwide can take part as well, she said.

While in general most professors nationwide often say the science is settled when it comes to climate change, at least two Cornell professors told The College Fix on Thursday the upcoming debate has not encountered opposition.

Cornell Law Professor William Jacobson said he has not heard of any pushback. Cornell biology Professor Randy Wayne, who helped put together the debate, also told The Fix via email Thursday “the feeling I am getting is 99 percent positive.”

“I did get a comment that someone wondered about the Steamboat Institute because he worried about the word ‘liberty’ … in ‘liberty tour,’” Wayne said. “Otherwise everyone I talk to is happy to send out announcements to the faculty and undergraduates in the related majors.”


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daniel_ream | March 10, 2023 at 11:30 am

What a joke.

whether humans must vastly reduce greenhouse gas emissions to help solve climate change. – Even College Fix has bought into the lie. This statement of the debate presumes that 1) “climate change” is actually happening and 2) that it’s a problem that requires solving. The actual topic of the debate is “Climate science compels us to make large and rapid reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.” which is closer to the salient point.

Steven Koonin – a theoretical nuclear physicist.

Robert Socolow – a mechanical engineer.

Certainly the next time I’m curious about the impact of transnational sanctions on developing countries’ economies I’ll get my barber and the guy who washes my windshield at the intersection to debate it.

Any debate like this that doesn’t begin and end with the anti-global warming proponent slapping a copy of Mark Steyn’s A Disgrace to the Profession on the lectern, saying “f*ck you” and walking off the stage is a farce.

henrybowman | March 10, 2023 at 2:06 pm

“Anytime we can get both sides of an issue on a college campus debated, I think that’s a victory for free speech.”

The Great Reset that America REALLY needs is in the height of this bar.

If you haven’t heard of any push back, then they are planning the riot in secret.

RedWrangler | March 10, 2023 at 8:26 pm

I attended the discussion “The pandemic: What we got right, what we got wrong, what next” with David Schmoys and Jay Bhattacharyas a few weeks at Cornell.

It wasn’t so much a debate than a conversation, which was disappointing. But that the conversation happened? It’s a start. And I think regarding the response to COVID we are finally seeing open debate about the corruption and gross ineptitude that occurred.

It’s good and encouraging to see more debates occuring like this, and I hope it’s a productive and respectful one. Although, even when it isn’t respectful it can be productive: the DEI Dean and students at Stanford did themselves no favors shouting down Kyle Duncan today. An embarrassment that showcases the oppositions infantilism, hypocrisy, and empty reasoning.

gmhunt | March 13, 2023 at 8:06 am

“Climate change”, is a TOTAL lie, fake, false information, so a certain few can get rich and have more power over the people.

BierceAmbrose | March 13, 2023 at 9:12 pm

“…on whether humans must vastly reduce greenhouse gas emissions to help solve climate change.”

Wow, so many assumptions there, that really deserve debate, and not about The Science…

— Why does “climate change” need solving?

— What counts as solved?

— Something worth doing, what else could we do with the same kind of efffort and attention?

— In aid of what? What’s the good being pursued here?

I’m pretty sure a human population collapse from Gaia throwing us off her pristine ecosystems would please Instinction Rebellion plenty. If climate change is how she’s gonna do it…

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