High-school senior calls textbook publisher on climate denial
A New Jersey high-schooler has raised questions about politically motivated scientific inaccuracies about global warming in a popular U.S. government textbook, a charge that has been backed up by top climate scientists.Skip to next paragraph
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The Associated Press reported yesterday that Matthew LaClair, a high school senior in Kearny, N.J., took issue with statements in his AP Government textbook, "American Government," published by Houghton Mifflin. The book, written by James Q. Wilson and John DiIulio, presents established scientific facts, such as the existence of the greenhouse effect, as up for debate. The authors falsely claim that “the scientific community is divided" over the existence of global warming, and that "scientists do not know how large the greenhouse effect is, whether it will lead to a harmful amount of global warming, or (if it will) what should be done about it."
Mr. Wilson is the Ronald Reagan Professor for Public Policy at Pepperdine University and the chairman of the Council of Academic Advisors of the American Enterprise Institute, a Washington think tank that has received $1,870,000 from ExxonMobil since 1998. Mr. DiIulio, a University of Pennsylvania professor and the first head of the Bush White House's Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, is affiliated with the Manhattan Institute, which has received $205,000 from ExxonMobil since 1998.