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Dems Slam Heartland Institute for Sending Schools Material Questioning Climate Change

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By    |   Monday, 03 Apr 2017 01:56 PM

Top House Democrats condemned on Monday a campaign by the Heartland Institute to inundate public school educators with materials skeptical of climate change, the Washington Examiner reported.

"Public school classrooms are no place for anti-science propaganda, and I encourage every teacher to toss these materials in the recycling bin," said Rep. Bobby Scott of Virginia, ranking 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 uproar came after PBS' "Frontline" reported last week that the Heartland Institute, which is a long-time leader in global warming denial, has already sent to at least 25,000 public high school science teachers nationwide DVDs and books explaining their view why scientists do not agree that climate change is happening.

PBS said the Heartland Institute, which has been emboldened by President Donald Trump's proposed cuts in funding for federal climate change programs, intends to send the material to 25,000 more educators every two weeks until it is in the hands of more than 200,000 educators teaching science from kindergarten to high school.

"Lying to children about the world we live in to further corporate polluter profits is cruel," Rep. Raul Grijalva of Arizona, ranking member of the House Natural Resources Committee, told the Examiner. "If climate deniers think our public schools are the right place for their propaganda, they need to be exposed in no uncertain terms."

Scott, Grijalva, and Rep Eddie Bernice Johnson from Texas of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee demanded that Heartland end its campaign, and for educators to dismiss the materials.

"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," according to a joint press release issued by Grijalva's office.

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Top House Democrats condemned on Monday a campaign by the Heartland Institute to inundate public school educators with materials skeptical of climate change, the Washington Examiner reported.
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