It appears that some Democratic lawmakers weren’t required to read “Fahrenheit 451” back in school. Reps. Bobby Scott (VA), Raul M. Grijalva (AZ), and Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX), issued a statement on Monday calling on public schools to remove books from the classroom which were written by people who do not believe that climate change is a man-made problem.
The three congressmen were incensed by a cover letter sent out by the Heartland Institute alongside educational materials that asked teachers to “’consider the possibility’ that climate science is still begin debated.”
“Scott, Grijalva, and Johnson today called on Heartland to end its campaign immediately and for education officials across the country to dismiss the materials out of hand. The scientific consensus that man-made emissions are worsening the process has been widely accepted, including by the Department of Defense, for many years,” their joint statement read.
At the heart of the kerfuffle is a 2015 book called “Why Scientists Disagree About Global Warming” and its associated DVD, both of which aim to open a dialogue about the possible natural phenomena that are involved in climate change.
The book is the product of a collaboration between climatologist Craig Idso who formerly worked at Arizona State University, professor of marine geology and paleontology Robert Carter at James Cook University, and University of Virginia environmental scientist Fred Singer.
Heartland Institute president Joseph Bast was taken aback by the Democrats’ statement, which he found “hilarious.”
“Is this a belated April Fools’ Day joke? If not, it should be,” he quipped.
Bast also pointed out that the Heartland Institute has been around for over three decades and has a self-appointed mission to disseminate research on matters of public policy – “such as environmental protection, in this case,” he noted.