Oregon school board bans books that question climate change

May 23, 2016

The Portland Public Schools board unanimously approved a resolution this week that bans textbooks and other teaching materials that deny climate change exists or cast doubt on whether humans are to blame.

The resolution, introduced by school board member Mike Rosen, also directs the superintendent and staff to develop a plan for offering “curriculum and educational opportunities that address climate change and climate justice” in all Portland public schools, the Portland Tribune reported.

“It is unacceptable that we have textbooks in our schools that spread doubt about the human causes and urgency of the crisis,” Lincoln High School student Gaby Lemieux said during board testimony Tuesday. “Climate education is not a niche or a specialization, it is the minimum requirement for my generation to be successful in our changing world.”

  • Madamtazzz

    The dumbing down of our children there is no such thing as climate change its the biggest scam in American history and a lot of these so called scientist need to be put in jail the truth will come out it always dose and people will go to jail Obama has tried to silence scientist that say there is know climate change its a scam and America has been the mark.

  • Ted Crawford

    Wahrheit macht frei!
    Signage over the gates of the FEMA Camps! As disingenuous as that over the gate at Auschwitz ! SEIG HEIL!!!!

  • Warren

    When are these Nazis going to burn them or haven’t they decided yet.
    Booknacht !!! Shut up Sit Down & Read the Propaganda we put in front of you ! Oh wait that’s right you don’t know how to read maybe we ought to put that back in the curriculum

  • Mynickelsworth

    I agree with original ancestry below.
    I cannot understand why politicians think they know best about everything.
    Anyone who knows anything knows that climate is not controlled or modified by man – That is God’s Domain, He said so.
    All the true data says it is true. All data that indicates it is true has been doctored by some Communist who wants to destroy all the prosperous nations.
    Climate change was dreamed up as a way to bankrupt prosperous nations by spending money, denying people energy like coal, etc to bankrupt the nation.
    That way they can get control of everyone.

  • MoonBeamWatcher

    In a true DEMOCRACY all sides of issues should be discussed!
    Everyone is entitled to OPINION but NOT to unSUPPORTED ones!

  • justinwachin

    The hoaxers are trying to make sure the next generation has no chance to know they are being fleeced.

    Maybe people Portland residents should donate books which debunk the global warming hoax to libraries during an upcoming “banned books week.” It would be interesting to see if the libraries would self-righteously ban the books questioning global warming or would put them on the shelf.

  • florida3guy

    Welcome to the Soviet Union, North Korea or Cuba. Take your pick. What’s next, books that talk about Jesus like the Bible?

  • Steven Chappell

    So much for looking at all the facts and making the judgment based on all the information and not just accepting what one side says is the truth. This is nothing more than what was done in Nazi Germany. Don’t teach both sides and let the student make the decision on what is fact and what is myth. As far as the student who spoke at the meeting one day you will have to make a decision based on what you see as facts. It looks like you will not be able to make it the real world where you have to make a decision on anything after listening to both sides of an argument.

  • SDofAZ

    I sincerely hope all the folks who made this stupid decisions are held accountable when the facts are finally allowed to come to light. PC liberal idiots in charge in schools are a big problem. Truth is being buried by this bunch and without considering both sides they have chosen to limit knowledge, Typical dem wit dem or liberal thinking. I guess you can legislate stupid in some cases.

  • Luke

    Will the demonrats be holding book burning at other schools?
    Trump promised to bring control of education back to the states, counties and cities. This will put the parents back in control and restore education..

    • obama

      In case you didn’t notice, this is a LOCAL decision. And the right decision. Schools are places where FACTS are taught. And virtually every Climate Scientist agrees with the NASA and other data that show that global warming is happening, and that the rate of change has dramatically increased with the industrial age. If you want to teach religion, teach it in your Sunday school, not in public education schools. A biblical approach to nearly any subject will not get a student a good job. Only scientifically based knowledge will.

      • Ted Crawford

        You, Comrade, are as wrong as your namesake!
        The Facts say NO such a thing, and never have, even back in the ’70’s’ when the same Dr. James Hansen’s, Computer Model, came up with a very different, even Polar Opposite, …..fact(?) ! Then, according to NASA and Dr. Hansen, the Global Temperatures were FALLING, at a rate that would create a “New Ice Age” within the next couple of decades! In fact, even as we speak New York City is, according to Dr. Hansen and NASA, under an Ice Sheet 1/2 mile thick! DUH!!!!
        Economic Control, by control of our Energy Industry, NOTHING whatsoever more or less!
        REAL FACTS:
        NUTATIONS, occurring cyclically for at least the last 250 Million years! Isaac Newton, Leonhard Euler, circa: 1755, to Hays, Imbrie and Shacklton, circa 1976!

        • obama

          Stop cherry picking and look at the real data. And virtually all CLIMATE SCIENTISTS agree with the data.

          • Ted Crawford

            How very rich! Centuries of careful study by REAL, NON-GRANT Funded, Scientists, each working from the experience gained by their predecessors, expand and enlarge our understanding of the Planet we inhabit, all that, In your narrow, narcissistic, bigoted mind is “cherry picking”! We all should know that these computer models are the ONLY possible way to understand anything!
            You are the exclamation point to Mr. Adams observation: “Nothing in education is so astounding as the amount of ignorance it accumulates in the form of inert facts!”

          • obama

            The scientists that you describe are virtually unanimous in the interpretation of the effects of climate change and the human causes.

            Whatever you are implying by your anti education quotation certainly shows how little you understand about education or scientific research.

          • Ted Crawford

            Would you accept Mr. Einsteins opinion?
            “The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education!” Albert Einstein
            OR perhaps Mr. Zappa’s
            ” If you want to get Laid, go to College! If you want an Education, go to the Library!” Frank Zappa
            What education provides one with is simply an accumulation of facts, that, perhaps is one very narrow view of knowledge. However Wisdom, is the ability to organize those inert facts into a system of understanding that is substantive and sustainable, NOT new Age Computer Thinking! Machine Logic, over Human Understanding and patient observation!

          • obama

            Sorry you got such a poor education, if you even got one. A good university teaches one how to learn, not just facts. Too bad you are so anti education. The Republican led dumbing down of America. And you seem to be first in line.

      • Luke

        You’ll believe man made climate change with NO evidence or facts but not that God exist.. I suspect you’re just a Christian bigot who hates any truth or facts being taught in schools..
        BTW, liberals are not just local, their stink is everywhere and into everything..

        • obama

          Where are your facts about God coming from?

          • Luke

            A perfect balanced world all around us proves God exist..

            Where is your evidence of man made global warming.?

          • obama

            That is no proof. Plus the world is not balanced. The evidence for climate change is clearly in the data. Virtually every climate scientist agrees that the rate of change is correlated with man’s emissions since the industrial age.

          • Luke

            That is proof God exist..If nature was not perfectly balanced we would be in a world of hurt..
            But scientist cannot just say man made climate change exist without proof or evidence, which they have none, and it be true.. Commonsense tells you they’re paid liars..

          • obama

            There is a wealth of data that you choose to ignore. Your disdain for science and probably education in general is appalling. Virtually every climate scientist in the world is not in collusion. Scientists are paid to do science, not to produce a specific outcome.

            Keep your religious views in your home or church. God gave us the brains to learn and understand what is necessary to protect the earth. Your denial is, in reality, defying God.

          • Luke

            There is a wealth of pure bullcrap the gullible like you believe.
            I have nothing against science, it proves everyday the existence of God and the lies you spew.
            And BTW, I’ll speak of God anywhere anytime I want to you libtard. People like you don’t tell me what to do, people like you don’t have the intelligence to tell people anything.

          • obama

            If you prefer to believe the lying politicians rather than the dedicated scientists working full time in this area, that is your prerogative. It would appear that you are a supporter of AiG and all of their anti science bull crap. As long as you keep your religion to yourself and not force others to follow your particular version of religion then I am OK with it. When people like you try to force your morals and beliefs on me, that is where I say no. Keep your beliefs to yourself. And FYI, I am not an atheist, despite what you probably think.

          • Luke

            You keep coming up with more and more bull. I never said I believe politicians, I do believe so-called climate change scientist have an agenda and that is to continue getting grants and to produce the results your libtard POLITICIANS want so they can rob the American working people..
            I’ll put my beliefs in God out anywhere I want and you’re helpless to stop me, and I’m not forcing people like you to believe it, truth and facts have always eluded the liberal..
            I agree, you have no morals or values or beliefs and I’ll offer my opinion on them anytime anywhere I want to.
            We Christians are also sick and tired of you bigots trying to force your beliefs and lack of morals on us because of your ignorance of what is actually right and wrong..
            BTW, I doubt you know what I think but you can count on this, no one will tell me what I can’t believe or when I can express it..

          • obama

            You Christians, as you put it, are not very different philosophically than ISIS. Believe what I believe or else.

            Do not question my morals just because I am not Christian. You do not have a monopoly on morals. Do not try to force your beliefs on me or others that believe differently than you.

            I support equal rights for all. Not just those that look or think like me. Too bad you don’t have the same love of your neighbor as your Bible tells you. As well as not judging others. Those pages must have fallen out of your religious papers.

          • Luke

            Again, for the last time, I’m not forcing what I believe on you, are you so paranoid you believe everyone is trying to change you for the better, well I’m not, you can lie here all you want and claim to have morals.
            Christians have nothing in common with the terrorist, that’s another liberal lie, I suppose someone with your morals.
            You don’t support equal rights, another lie, you’re trying to stop my free speech, how’s that equal rights, Oh wait, that’s liberal equal rights, as long as I believe as you..
            This has become boring since you cannot be honest or stop telling lies about what I believe so have nice life..

          • obama

            Right wing Christians are constantly promoting laws that restrict people’s freedom. Examples would include a woman’s right to choose, discrimination against members of the GLBT community,

            The right wing evangelical Christian mantra is that everyone must believe as they do. Sounds the same as ISIS. ISIS kills non believers, and right wing Christians try to pass laws to overcome those that do not believe as they do.

            Free speech must be accompanied by civility and respect for others. In our society you don’t denigrate another person and claim religious freedom.

          • Madamtazzz

            I believe in the lord my God I have know shame I know he is real and I wont tell you how I know but I feel sorry for you who believe in man and not God but he gave all of us free will because he wanted to know who where truly his children believe as you choose to believe but I am a child of God.

          • Madamtazzz

            You will know I am your God by the prophecies enough said read um and weep.

          • Madamtazzz

            Educate yourself.

      • Madamtazzz

        You sir are a idiot and probably a plant and if your not I got some swamp land I would like to sell you.

        • obama

          Read the article. It’s a local decision

          • Ted Crawford

            AND???That suppose to make it, somehow, less absurd!

  • Phil Esposito

    F’ing communists. If they could, they’d have a book burning party. What the hell has happened to our country? Oh yeah, Obozo.

  • Terry Stromky

    This is how you know it’s a lie. It’s called weather. Every time the Elites -Globalists want to steal your money. They shut down discussion. One way thinking is going to destroy this free nation.

  • Ramon1710 .

    “It is unacceptable that we have textbooks in our schools that spread doubt about the human causes and urgency of the crisis,” Lincoln High School student Gaby Lemieux said during board testimony Tuesday.

    Paraphrase: It is unacceptable to have facts interfere with what we’ve been taught by the system.
    “Proclaiming themselves wise, they prove themselves fools.”

  • David Stewart

    Orefornia, still on track to replace it’s big brother to the south as “home of the most brain-damaged people”!

  • Robert Pekarik

    Progressive parenting, progressive education, progressive governing, progressive science all adds up to one big load of progressive BS. Gaby sounds like she would have been an excellent leader in the Hitler youth.

  • Katie Jones

    So Portland with NO PROOF is teaching propaganda to their students. This will not help them get a job!!! I am so glad I do not live in Portland!!!!

  • original ancestry

    First off this is as illegal as it gets. Breaks the law of the first amendment. It is up to the parents to decide these issues not the school boards. The school is not subject to political causes. You Mr. Rosen do not decide what is and isn’t climate change and if it is or is not effected by the human race. You are not the scientist in charge of politics or the decision making process. You need to be fired ASAP and never allowed to teach in any public schools in the USA. As for you gabby you are certainly allowed to your opinion but you can’t and don’t speak for everyone. Like communism, you are being brainwashed by these false doomsday Sayers. Go to your local library and read , Dark Winter, by John L. Casey Don’t fall into the lies spewing out from these wannabe rich commies…


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