Creationists Now Attacking Climate Science in Idaho
February 2, 2016
Seems like a rash of attacks on the teaching of biology, in tandem with atmospheric science.
No way the fossil fuel industry has anything to do with this.
It’s cyclical, that’s all. A natural process.
A pending rule covering new science and humanities standards is in limbo, after the House Education Committee complained about the public input process surrounding the creation of the standards.
Committee Chairman Reed DeMordaunt, R-Eagle, led Tuesday morning’s effort to reject the rule.
The rule addresses numerous academic standards, including science standards pertaining to the age of the Earth, the creation of the universe and global warming.
The State Board of Education approved the rule containing the standards on Aug. 13. Written comments were accepted through Oct. 28, according to state documents.
DeMordaunt told fellow committee members that more public input was needed on the front end of the rulemaking process. He stopped short of saying that existing laws and rules were violated, and said it appears legal notice for public comment was provided.
“As I look at this rule and drill down with the parties involved, I feel we can do a better job than what we’ve done in terms of getting feedback from our citizens with regard to this,” he said during the meeting.
After the meeting, DeMordaunt told Idaho Education News that he and other committee members simply preferred a more robust comment process.
“It is my belief that this wasn’t done in the best way possible,” DeMordaunt said. “It doesn’t mean they weren’t good standards. But before we ever talk about content, we’ve got to be assured the process is open, transparent and invites the public participation.”
Neither DeMordaunt nor other committee members complained about the public input process regarding a suite of unrelated rules they addressed Tuesday.
And committee members barely mentioned the content of the standards. However, Rep. Lance Clow, R-Twin Falls, said language that said human activities have “significantly” altered the biosphere was “troublesome to some people.”
“Significantly?” Clow said. “Compared to what? … I think you could write standards without using some of that terminology and still have appropriate science standards.”
Below, Eugenie Scott, former director of the National Center for Science Education talks about the parallels between climate deniers and evolution cranks. “It’s really not about the science.” Video from the new “Scientists on Climate Change” video playlist.
Below, Katharine Hayhoe PhD, discusses climate change in an interview on the Christian Broadcasting service. (also from the “Scientists on Climate Change” list)