When fact is scarier than TV fiction

Stephen McIntyre. The Galveston County Daily News – January 12, 2017

There are a lot of shows that you and your family can watch on TV or the internet. Recently, I watched a show on the National Geographic Channel that seems no scarier than other prime time shows, but it is hard to know whether it is fact or some sort of twisted fiction. I have been watching episodes of “Years of Living Dangerously.” I guess it would help to have some guidance from the experts when trying to decide whether to watch it with children.

Maybe every science teacher in Galveston County could watch this series and, based upon their education, experience and good common sense, recommend to the public those episodes they believe would help their students understand their world and future in it.

Better yet, maybe the experts at NASA and our local universities can meet with the heads of the science department in our local school districts and together evaluate these shows and advise teachers and parents whether or not children should watch.

If none of this is possible, then each one of us can go to
YouTube or to the National Geographic Channel website to see the show ourself.

And no, it is not the greatest show on earth. It has been called the great Chinese hoax that, according to some folks, has tricked the National Geographic Channel along with almost every scientist in the world and the leaders of every country. Yep — you guessed it — man­made climate change.

All of us watching and counting the millions and millions of dollars being spent replenishing our beaches, developing an Ike Dike to protect this area and recovering from disaster after disaster elsewhere in America and the world have got to wonder what is going on and why.

Of course, all of us living in Galveston County will have our own private concerns about our future years of living dangerously if the climate is in fact changing and at a faster rate than previously calculated.

Go buy some popcorn, watch the show and decide for yourself — fact or fiction.

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