29 Feb '12, 3pm

Heartland ‘expert’ taught climate denialism at a Canadian university

Hey, remember yesterday, when we told you about a video that imagines a world in which climate skepticism is taught in schools? It turns out that that world is not imaginary — not at all. It exists today, and it is named … Canada. For two years, Tom Harris, a man who according to the Heartland Institute is an “expert ” on climate change, taught a course on the subject at Ottawa’s Carleton University. Harris’ course was meant for non-science majors, so, as the Guardian notes , it “may for many students be the only academic exposure they have to climate change while earning their undergraduate degree.” When a group of scientists reviewed Harris’ taped lectures they found 142 “erroneous” claims. The group, Committee for The Advancement of Scientific Skepticism (that’d be actual scientific skepticism, not knee-jerk denial!), wrote that: Key messages for students contradict acc...

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