By Clare Foran
15 September 2014
(National Journal) – Texas Board of Education member David Bradley wants to set the record straight on global warming.
"Whether global warming is a myth or whether it's actually happening, that's very much up for debate," Bradley said. "Don't listen to anyone who tells you otherwise."
Bradley is not a climate scientist, but he's about to make big decisions governing what Texas students learn about climate change.
In November, Bradley and the rest of the state's 15-member board will vote to adopt new social-studies textbooks for public schools from kindergarten to 12th grade. When he does, he says that part of his mission will be to shield Lone Star schoolchildren from green propaganda.
Instead, Bradley plans to push for textbooks that teach climate-science doubt—presenting the link between greenhouse gas emissions caused by human activity and global warming as an unsubstantiated and controversial theory.
For people who do study the climate for a living, that mission is infuriating, as such a posture misrepresents the state of climate science: Surveys of peer-reviewed academic studies show that 97 percent of climate scientists agree that human activity is the primary driver of global warming. That's not universal agreement, but it's a far cry from the "some-say-yes-some-say-no" treatment of the topic that Bradley hopes to see in Texas classrooms.
Yet when it comes time to review the textbooks, Bradley will have plenty of instructional materials created by some of the publishing industry's major players to back his viewpoint. […]
"It's really an insult to science," said Minda Berbeco, the National Center for Science Education's programs and policy director. "The old line was that global warming didn't exist. Now we're starting to see more people say it exists but human activity isn't responsible. That's just denial by another name." [more]