That’s Right ZuZu: Another Republican Signals Reality Check on Climate Denial

December 22, 2014

I’ve posted twice in recent weeks on Republicans who are increasingly unwilling to ride the climate denial crazy bus.

Seems like every time a bell rings these days, a Republican finds his or her conscience on climate…

National Journal:

A Republican lawmaker in Wyoming is taking a stand in favor of teaching climate science in the classroom.

Republican state representative John Patton will introduce legislation early this week to overturn a state-wide ban on a set of K-12 science education standards that teach the scientific consensus on global warming.

The guidelines, known as the Next Generation Science Standards, have sparked controversy across the U.S. because they call on teachers to instruct students that climate change is real and caused by human activity, including the burning of fossil fuels. The science standards controversy is part of a much larger fight: Parents, teachers and politicians are sparring nationwide over the question of how global warming should be taught in classrooms.

A patchwork of existing science education standards across the country has created widespread disparities in the teaching of climate change in high school and middle school classes.

Thirteen states and the District of Columbia have so far adopted the Next Generation standards, which were finalized last year by a coalition of scientists and educators. But the guidelines have faced fierce political pushback in states like Wyoming, South Carolina, and Oklahoma.

In March, Wyoming Republican Gov. Matt Mead signed legislation blocking the State Board of Education from approving the standards amid uproar over their climate content.

Now Rep. Patton is hoping to undo the ban.

Patton is not a climate change crusader. He believes the climate is changing but says that he does not know how much human activity contributes to that. But Patton says that his personal opinions are irrelevant.

“What I believe about global warming doesn’t matter. We want students to have access to the most up to date science. Kids should have a chance to learn the science,” Patton said.





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