The most important first step in finding a solution to the pollution-related global warming problem is raising awareness of the problem. However, the Texas Board of Education appears to be more concerned about endorsing dirty energy than providing kids with factual information about it.
According to the Guardian, the board rejected more than half of the recommended eighth-grade textbooks in November because they contained "negative" information about the filthy energy that drives up global temperatures.
The Texas State Board of Education convened on November 17 to vote on twelve science textbooks for eighth graders, catering to the state's over one thousand school districts. According to the Guardian, the board's choice is highly significant even though the districts are not compelled to utilize the textbooks that were approved by the board.
The board rejected seven of the twelve textbooks that were submitted, citing issues with the way the oil and gas industries were portrayed.
During the conversation, Aaron Kinsey, a board member and leader of a Texas oilfield services company, reportedly stated, "I believe there was bias, and the selection of certain images can make things appear worse than they are."
"You wish to see happy kids in oilfields?" inquired Aicha Davis, a Democratic member of the board.
The extraordinarily lucrative oil and gas sectors in Texas most likely had an impact on the choice, the Guardian said. In a letter to the board chairman, Texas Railroad Commissioner Wayne Christian expressed his "concerns for potential textbooks that could promote a radical environmentalist agenda." Christian is in charge of the state's railroad business.
With electric cars saving drivers more than $1,000 annually and solar and wind power saving Texans $20 million a day, renewable energy is now the most cost-effective choice.
Selecting these less-polluting options is also healthier for the environment because air pollution from filthy energy sources retains heat in the atmosphere of the Earth.
Students will be better equipped to make wise, economical, and environmentally responsible decisions as adults if they are given correct information about the climate and their energy options. Refusing to inform them of the reality encourages them to squander money and damage the environment.
"Members of the board are clearly motivated to take some of these textbooks off of the approved list because of their personal and ideological beliefs regarding evolution and climate change," Glenn Branch, deputy director of the National Center on Science Education, also stated to the Guardian.
The Next Generation Science Standards for K–12 curricula, which emphasize that lowering air pollution can address the issue of rising temperatures, have been adopted by 44 other states to date. Voting for new board members who adhere to these requirements is available to Texans.