"As the amounts of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases increase, the Earth warms. Scientists warn that climate change, caused by this warming, will pose challenges to society."
That language—featured in a fifth-grade Texas social studies textbook from Pearson Education—is exactly the kind of global-warming alarmism that Emily McBurney wants to protect schoolchildren from.
McBurney was a lot happier with an earlier version of the textbook that said, "Scientists disagree about what is causing climate change." But the publisher cut the material amid pressure from groups like the National Center for Science Education.
The edited educational material, McBurney says, amounts to "a one-sided global-warming climate-change agenda."
McBurney is a member of the Truth in Texas Textbooks coalition, a volunteer-run organization of more than 100 activists that wants global warming to be taught as an opinion rather than fact.
"If you're a car salesman and you have a car that has bad ratings, that car is not going to sell," says Roy White, the founder of Truth in Texas Textbooks and a retired U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel. "That is what is going to happen with these books."
To shape climate curriculum, the coalition plans to rate textbooks as "good," "acceptable," "poor," or "worse." The group will score books on an array of subjects—and any educational material that treats global warming as settled science is guaranteed to get low marks.