Resolution to Support Climate Change Education Introduced in Congress
This is great news, but I fully expect the GOP to fight it tooth and nail. The evangelical backbone of their base has long internalized a false mythology that anything Green = a socialist back door and that Socialists will try at every opportunity to indoctrinate their children. It’s a catechism they push and share at all levels of the party, so the fight for this in congress will be interesting, but this time it actually has a chance to pass.
House Resolution 29, introduced in the House of Representatives on January 11, 2011, would, if adopted, express the House’s support for “teaching climate change in public and private schools at all grade levels.”
The resolution observes that “there is a broad consensus among climate scientists that the human activities contributing to increases in greenhouse gas emissions are the dominant cause of climate change,” that a large majority of parents and teachers think that climate change should be taught in the schools, and that professional organizations of science teachers have “called for greater support for science educators in teaching climate science and climate change.” NCSE is mentioned in the resolution, as a source for the claim that “37 States and the District of Columbia recognize human-caused climate change in their science education standards”: a more up-to-date assessment of the treatment of climate change in state science standards is provided in the recent report prepared by NCSE and the Texas Freedom Network, “Making the Grade?”
Sponsored by Barbara Lee (D-California) along with twenty-six of her colleagues in the House, H. Res. 29 was referred to the House Committee on Education and Labor. The resolution is identical to H. Res. 574 from the previous legislative session, which died in committee.