A new group called "Balanced Education for Everyone"(BEE) is rolling out a national effort to stop the teaching of global warming in schools, calling it "unnecessary." The group says global warming is "junk science" and that teaching it scares schoolchildren unnecessarily. BEE initiated its countrywide effort to eradicate climate change instruction from classrooms in Mesa County, Colorado, where Rose Pugliese, a failed school board candidate for the area's last election, presented the District 51 School Board with a petition containing about 600 signatures asking that science teachers stop giving lessons on global warming. At the meeting, an ecologist with a Ph.D. tried to explain to the school board that the subject of climate change "is not just some liberal theory," and a Mesa State College professor drew snickers from the audience when she told the Board that global warming is as certain a scientific theory as gravity and evolution. Balanced Education for Everyone is a project of the conservative group Independent Women's Forum, which promotes a documentary called "Not Evil Just Wrong" as the basis for classroom lesson plans, and for what they consider "scientifically accurate" information about global warming. The documentary was created to counteract Al Gore's Oscar-winning global warming documentary, "An Inconvenient Truth." Balanced Education for Everyone has gained the support of Colorado State School Board member Marcia Neal, a Republican from Grand Junction.
By Anne Landman on May 27, 2010