A global warming musical called The Great Immensity has critics of climate change science accusing the National Science Foundation (NSF) of wasting taxpayer money.
In a related report by The Inquisitr, the idea behind global warming is losing support in the United States, with more people claiming climate change science is a hoax:
“Americans are increasingly being convinced that global warming is a hoax, rising seven percentage points over the last year to 23 percent. But 63 percent of Americans still believe in climate chance science, and 53 percent are “very” or “somewhat” concerned about the long term ramifications. But the polling data also suggests belief in global warming remained the same, but the numbers of the minority rose because of people who previously “didn’t know” now made up their mind.”
Apparently, the NSF felt the best way to convince Americans that global warming is real was by creating a climate change musical. The basic story centers around a conspiracy theory surrounding the international climate summit held in New Zealand. The description for the musical reads: “how can we change ourselves and our society in time to solve the enormous environmental challenges that confront us?”
But Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), chairman of the House Science Committee, believes that the $700,000 could have been put to better use:
“I support basic research, which can lead to discoveries that change our world, expand our horizons and save lives. But NSF has funded too many questionable research grants. Spending taxpayer dollars to fund a climate change musical called ‘The Great Immensity’ sounds more like a waste of taxpayer dollars — money that could have funded higher priority research. All government employees and their agency heads need to remember they are accountable to the American taxpayer who pays their salary and funds their projects. It is not the government’s money; it is the people’s money.”
Officials for the NSF confirmed that taxpayer money was used for the global warming musical but they also claimed it was not a waste of money:
“The project represents the unique cultural leverage of theater in its attempt to inspire the public’s imagination and curiosity about basic science and its relation to their everyday lives. This venture, like other more traditional NSF-funded informal science education projects, aims to educate through a focus on understanding the scientific method, its applications, and its unique ability to extract knowledge about our complex natural world. It presents the pursuit of fundamental knowledge through basic research in a neutral manner that does not advocate any position regarding climate change or conservation research.”
The Great Immensity will be playing in New York until May 1. What do you think about the global warming musical: necessary or environmental waste?