Portland Public Schools Tell The Koch Brothers To Get Out (VIDEO)

As schools across the nation are fighting science, schools in Portland, Oregon are giving a big middle finger to politically motivated science denial text books and making sure that everything that students read in school says that yes, climate change is real, and yes, it’s caused by humans.

On Tuesday, the school board passed a unanimous resolution that requires that all text books that mention climate change mention it as fact, not as theory. The books must also say that humans caused it.

In testimony to the board, Bill Bigelow, a former Portland teacher, told district officials that “we don’t want kids in Portland learning material courtesy of the fossil fuel industry.”

Bigelow said that material that treats climate change as anything other than fact is published by companies making concessions for fossil fuel companies. He pointed to words such as “might,” “may” and “could” in educational materials.

Source: Oregon Live

Conservatives, naturally, are flipping out, saying that this move is political, when really, it’s the other side that’s all about politics over science.

Wacko preacher Bryan Fischer went Bizarro World:

Is the Portland school district being political? Not really. There is a scientific consensus and even a voter consensus, that climate change is real and man-made. Beyond that, what is the benefit to making it up? There’s no such thing as “Big Green Energy,” except maybe for all the big energy companies that see the writing on the wall and are themselves investing in green energy. In other words, if there’s a political conspiracy, there has to be someone who benefits, and the parties who benefit, to make the conspiracy believable, must be more powerful than those on the other side. That’s simply not the case with climate change.

On the other side of the debate, you find Republican politicians, and you find the big money, led by the Batman villains known as the Koch Brothers.

According to Greenpeace, the Koch brothers have spent nearly $80 million in attempting to convince Americans that climate change is a hoax, perhaps perpetrated by Al Gore (really, does that make any sense whatsoever?).

Here’s more about it:

Like all Batman villains, the Koch brothers are smart. They know that the best way to create sympathetic voters is to get them young, and get them young is what they do. While the brothers don’t write textbooks, their hands are all over the books that go to schools throughout the country. The textbooks attempt to rewrite history, give students an anti-government bias and yes, teach them that climate change is a hoax. That’s the real political agenda, but it all happens behind the scenes, so voters don’t notice. That’s why a school board meeting might seem a lot more political than two billionaires working quietly in the background, destroying the planet.


Featured image via Joe Raedle with Getty Images.