School textbook spouts global warming myths.

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.