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School textbook spouts global warming myths.

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New Jersey high school senior Matthew LaClair has exposed the American Government textbook, written by conservative ideologues James Q. Wilson and John DiIulio Jr., for promoting climate-denier myths. The Associated Press reports:

The edition of the textbook published in 2005, which is in high school classrooms now, states that “science doesn’t know whether we are experiencing a dangerous level of global warming or how bad the greenhouse effect is, if it exists at all.”

A newer edition published late last year was changed to say, “Science doesn’t know how bad the greenhouse effect is.”

The authors kept a phrase stating that global warming is “enmeshed in scientific uncertainty.”

The Wonk Room has more, including extended excerpts from American Government. Friendly Atheist discusses more of the book’s right-wing distortions and lies.