A senator from Mississippi has introduced an amendment to a sweeping education bill that delves into controversy.
July 9, 2015 Senator Roger Wicker wants to make sure that public schools can teach students about “the natural causes and cycles of climate change.”
The Mississippi Republican and skeptic of the scientific consensus on man-made climate change has introduced an amendment to a sweeping Senate education bill updating the No Child Left Behind Act that calls on federal agencies to provide states and local education agencies with K-12 instructional materials outlining “the natural causes and cycles of climate change.”
Wicker’s amendment does not mandate that schools teach climate change in any particular way or even that they teach climate change at all. But the fact that it has surfaced as part of the debate over a much broader education bill speaks to the growing controversy over climate education.