A group of top House Democrats is speaking out against a political institute that is downplaying climate change in public schools.
“Lying to children about the world we live in to further corporate-polluter profits is cruel,” said Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.), a member of the House Natural Resources Committee.
“If climate deniers think our public schools are the right place for their propaganda, they need to be exposed in no uncertain terms.”
According to reports, The Heartland Institute is a group that has long been a skeptic of climate change. The institute recently sent DVDs and booklets which outline the reasons some scientists don’t think climate change is real to high schools nationwide.
“Public school classrooms are no place for anti-science propaganda, and I encourage every teacher to toss these materials in the recycling bin,” agreed Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.), a member on the Committee on Education and the Workforce. “If the Heartland Institute and other climate deniers want to push a false agenda on global warming, our nation’s schools are an inappropriate place to drive that agenda.”
The president of the Heartland Institute, Joseph Bast, says the protests and remarks by Democrats are “hilarious.”
“Is this a belated April Fool’s Day joke? If not, it should be,” he observed. “Distributing research and commentary on matters of public policy – such as environmental protection, in this case – is what we do,” Bast continued. “And, no, we’re not going to stop because you happen to disagree with us.”
Undeterred, Grijalva is urging lawmakers to shut the group down.
“Let’s see how much Heartland believes in this project when schools, teachers, parents, students, and our fellow members of Congress tell the group and its corporate funders to end this ridiculous campaign,” he said.
Grijalva’s office, along with the office of Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D) of Texas, sent out a joint statement that said, in part, “The scientific consensus that manmade emissions are worsening the process of climate change has been widely accepted, including by the Department of Defense, for many years.”
H/T: Washington Examiner
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