by Alex Nussbaum
12:00 AM EST February 5, 2015
(Bloomberg) — Boys and girls, are global temperatures rising or falling?
While scientists almost universally agree the world is warming, school kids in Texas, Wyoming and West Virginia will get a much less definitive answer if local activists and politicians get their way.
At a time when U.S. President Barack Obama is pushing a global effort to rein in greenhouse gases, conservative critics back home are pressing a grassroots counterattack, targeting how schools address global warming. The goal is to emphasize doubts about whether humanity is indeed baking the planet.
“Climate change was only presented from one side and that side is the Al Gore position that you don’t need to discuss it, it’s a done deal,” said Roy White, a Texan and retired fighter pilot, referring to the former U.S. vice president’s warnings on global warming. “The other side just doesn’t seem to want to allow the debate to occur.”
White, who lives in San Antonio, doesn’t want kids indoctrinated by “misinformation,” he said, so he and 100 fellow activists have sought to change textbooks that refer to climate change as fact, rather than opinion. That the vast majority of scientists disagree with him is more a sign of dissent being quashed than of true consensus, White, 60, said in a telephone interview.
White’s band of volunteer activists, the Truth in Texas Textbooks coalition, lobbied the state to reject social studies books that they said contained factual errors or fostered an anti-American bias. Among the books’ sins: omitting mention of those who question climate science.
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