Professor Jere Lipps Speaks on Religious Threat to Climate Change Public Policy SATURDAY

University of California professor emeritus Jere Lipps has been director of Orange County's John D. Cooper Archaeology and Paleontology Center since 2012.
University of California professor emeritus Jere Lipps has been director of Orange County's John D. Cooper Archaeology and Paleontology Center since 2012.
Courtesy of Cal State Fullerton

A geologist, paleontologist, marine biologist and UC Berkeley professor emeritus speaks in Irvine Saturday afternoon about how some would like public policy on climate change based on religious beliefs rather than science.

Jere Lipps was a professor of geology and biology at the University of California campuses in Davis and Berkeley for 45 years. Since 2012, he has been director of the John D. Cooper Archaeology and Paleontology Center, which is a partnership between OC Parks and Cal State Fullerton.

In 2011, between his gigs in Northern and Southern California, Lipps was a visiting professor at the University of Georgia, where he taught a course on climate change (or, as Oklahoma Republican Senator James Inhofe, the presumed next chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, would put it, "a course on make believe").

Since Lipps will be addressing the Orange County chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State on the politics of climate change, you can bet melting glacier that Inhofe will come up.

Upcoming Events

The chat, which is free and open to the public, begins at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Irvine Ranch Water District's Community Room, 15500 Sand Canyon Ave., Irvine. For more information, call (949) 733-9157, visit www.au-oc.org or email orangecountyau@yahoo.com.

Oh, and since I didn't include this last time I posted on an event at Irvine Ranch Water District that those who believe Jesus walked among dinosaurs found controversial, and since that apparently led to some angry calls by bible thumpers complaining over the water supplier presenting such a "blasphemous" event, here is a disclaimer that I am including under protest because I don't include disclaimers when I post on religious-based events that are held in public spaces and any tardo who can't wrap their simple minds around notions of freedom of speech, freedom of assembly and most especially, freedom FROM religion deserve all the conniptions that come with such non-thinking.

No offense.

Irvine Ranch Water District neither supports nor endorses the cause nor activities of organizations which use the District's meeting rooms that are made available as a public service.

Amen, comrades!

Email: mcoker@ocweekly.com. Twitter: @MatthewTCoker. Follow OC Weekly on Twitter @ocweekly or on Facebook!


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