FROM Mark McCaffrey
The Heartland Institute, Global Warming and Public Schools Documents leaked last week reveal efforts to cast doubt on climate change with a new curriculum for public schools. Some call it similar to challenging Evolution by pushing Creationism. The Heartland Institute , a libertarian nonprofit group in Chicago, says at least one document supposedly "leaked" last week is a complete fake. But Heartland concedes that others accurately reveal the names of its funders. Is it really about science or public policy?
Global Warming and the Culture Wars Leaked documents show that the nonprofit Heartland Institute is trying to shake the confidence of public school teachers in human-caused climate change. Its proposed K-12 curriculum says there is "scientific controversy," when a broad consensus of scientists says the case is all too clear. It's evidence of how so-called "merchants of doubt" are challenging efforts to limit the burning of fossil fuels and emissions of greenhouse gases. How does the effort to contradict climate science compare to the push to teach Creationism as the "other side" of Evolution?
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