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Letter from Senators Whitehouse, Warren, Schatz, and Markey to National Education Association About The Heartland Institute

June 7, 2017
By Sheldon Whitehouse, Elizabeth Warren, Brian Schatz, Edward Markey

‘The Heartland Institute’s latest campaign asks teachers to ‘consider the possibilty the science isn’t settled.’

Elizabeth Warren

BACKGROUND: From March to June 2017, The Heartland Institute distribted more than 300,000 copies of the 100-page book Why Scientists Disagree About Global Warming to K-12 and college-level science teachers across America. This effort garnered a lot of media coverage -- and also got the attention of far-leftist U.S. Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Brian Schatz (D-HI), and Edward Markey (D-MA). 

Heartland President Joseph Bast has responded to the senators here.

At the button above, you can get the PDF of this June 7, 2017 letter to Lily Eskelson Garcia, president of the National Eduation Association, the country's largest and most-powerful teachers union.

An excerpt:

“Science teachers play an important and formative role in helping children understand the world we live in. They teach our children to make observations, collect information, and to use evidence to formulate conclusions. American students will hear only one or two hours of instruction about climate change per year, so the instruction they receive should be factually accurate and scientifically vetted. A 2016 nationwide survey of science teachers found that 15 percent disagreed or strongly disagreed with the scientific consensus that climate change is occurring and that human activity contributes to that change. This figure points to the need to disseminate high quality, scientifically valid curricula to teachers across America.

“The Heartland Institute’s latest campaign asks teachers to ‘consider the possibilty the science isn’t settled. ... Regrettably, Heartland’s present efforts may not be the last attempt by it or others to undermine science education in our schools.”