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Gloria De Luca
January 18, 2012
Climate change advocates are facing heavy weather these days.
Texas and Louisiana are introducing standards that require educators to teach climate change denial as a valid scientific position.
South Dakota and Utah passed resolutions denying climate change.
Tennessee and Oklahoma also have introduced legislation that forecast problems to educate about global warming.
And so it goes.
Even though scientific evidence increasingly shows that fossil fuel consumption has caused the climate to change rapidly, the issue has become such a political football that it's spilling into the classrooms.
All pointed out by Neela Banerjee of the Washington Bureau in the Los Angeles Times just this week.
She quotes Dr. Susan Buhr, director of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, who suggests resistance to science breaks down mostly along regional lines — with greater effort in the South and in regions where "livelihoods have been built on extractive industries" of fossil fuels.
Meanwhile in the UK, the second warmest autumn on record in more than a century has even got mild mannered Richard Attenborough fuming about the dangers of global warming.
The percentage of Americans who believe climate change has plummeted from 71 to 51 in recent years.
Is the resistance fueled by dark conspiracy theories and vested interests that have nothing to do with reality?
Is this growing stance on climate change, (and in some instances, resistance to evolution), shortchanging education?
What's your educated opinion?
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