Students at a California public school have written a series of letters to Chicago’s Heartland Institute, which works to discover and develop free-market solutions to society’s problems, attacking its members for “destroying our planet” by refusing to endorse the politics of Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” film.

According to students in the sixth-grade class of teacher Michael Steria at David A. Brown Middle School, the institute consists of “fools” and “horrible people.”

“I think your (sic) fools for denying G.W. you know it could kill us all & you’re just adding to it. I want you to help stop G.W. not increase it,” said one letter.

“We are going to tell you about global warming. I don’t care if you don’t want to read, but I’m making you read it you horrible people,” said another.

Officials at the school, a part of the Lake Elsinore School District, declined to respond to WND requests for a comment. Officials at the district office also declined to respond.

But Maureen Martin, a senior fellow for legal affairs for the institute, told WND that it was heart-breaking to see the results of such indoctrination of students.

“It’s tragic,” she said. “The kids were terrified.”

She said some of the students expressed their belief they would be dead in 10 years.

The district’s allowance of such teachings is “shameful, especially when there’s a divide in the scientific opinion,” she said.

She said the lessons reflected probably don’t even meet the requirements of the state’s educational guidelines, which for sixth graders demand lessons in earth sciences and the scientific methods of examining data.

Among the students’ other comments:

  • “We feel that it is wrong what you are doing. We know that you know that global warming is NOT we repeat NOT a myth, And we think it is selfish that you would take money over yours and your peers lives.”
  • “We feel upset because you are making Global Warming worse instead of helping it. We know that almost half of the country knows that G.W. is a crisis. We know that you could help the environment with the $800,000 you have.”
  • “We feel that they are destroying our planet by saying G.W. is not a crisis. You think GW is not a crisis but it is; you know deep down that it’s a real thing that’s happening. Everyone has a part in helping GW, and you’re making worse.”
  • “I do not think that what you are doing is right because you are telling people that global warming is not a crisis. If this is not a crisis, how come floods have occurred in asia, Mexico, and India. Plus, how can you explain why the glacier glaciers are melting. they can’t melt themselves, because they are in the coldest region in the world.”

Martin told WND that by searching the Internet for key phrases used by the students, she was able to read seven of the 10 articles the students reported reading.

“Three of the articles have nothing to do with global warming or greenhouse gases. Two are dire predictions from non-scientists at the United Nations disaster relief agency, the U.N. Development Programme, and nongovernmental organizations engaged in disaster aid. One article relates state efforts at monitoring greenhouse gases,” she said.

One other was an attack on Heartland for its funding procedures, accusing the organization of selling out to energy corporations.

But Institute chief Joseph Bast said such donations never have amounted to more than 5 percent of the organization’s budget and more money comes in from individuals than from companies.

The facts, however, mattered little to the students doing the assignment.

“I am very unhappy with your disgracing actions to the world, because you guys and woman are trying to hide the facts about Global warming so you can make more money. Well you guys aren’t going to fool anybody except yourself. The reason is because if you were to look at a picture of Glacier National Park 50 years ago, you would see that there is less ice now then there was fifty years ago,” said one letter.

Martin told WND one of the articles apparently came from a blog and condemned the organization’s March conference in New York, which assembled hundreds of scientists and others who are skeptical of Al Gore’s belief in the earth-threatening capabilities of temperature change, and his affirmation that man is at fault for whatever changes there are.

One phrase that appeared was “global warming denier group,” which also had been used earlier on a critical blog article headlined, “Global Warming Denier Group Funded By Big Oil Hosting Climate Change Denial Conference.”

“No. 1, no matter what people think, those who disagree ought not to be vilified,” Martin said. “More than that, schools are supposed to be teaching kids about evaluating information. It’s a life skill. We deal with it as citizens every day of our lives.”

In this case, however, the students reflect teaching that tells them anyone who disagrees is “wrong and evil.”

Martin said she currently is working on a project for Heartland to address what the United Kingdom determined was propaganda in the Gore film, and present balancing information to public school classrooms whose students now often are shown the Gore production.

“We’re looking for parents, taxpayers, in the right situations. We’re prepared to go to the schools and make a demand for equal time. We’re not trying to stifle anything,” she said.

What about the California school?

“I wrote to the superintendent. I said I’d be willing to provide information, DVDs, printed material, a book, we can send speakers… I haven’t heard back yet,” she said.

Such teaching, however, raises huge concerns.

“Global warming ‘means that if we don’t fix the climate, everything will be destroyed and we won’t be able to survive,’ two students wrote. Others found their global warming lessons similarly frightening,” Martin wrote.

The students also left no room for discussion of the scientific issue.

“We’ve read article about global warming. And we know all the facts,” said one, while another added, “Natural disasters have quadrupled in 20 years, 53 bird species face extinction, World must fix climate in 10 years, Air pollution shrinks fetus size. THIS IS CAUSED BY GLOBAL WARMING!!!” said another.

When the Heartland Institute held its conference in New York in March, WND reported more than 100 internationally prominent environmental scientists argued that global warming is, instead, a natural process and not the result of human activity.

“The purpose of the conference is to provide a platform for the hundreds of scientists, economists, and policy experts who dissent from the so-called ‘consensus’ on global warming,” said Bast.

“Is global warming ‘An Inconvenient Truth,’ as Vice President Al Gore charges, or a ‘Global Warming Swindle?’ Harriet Johnson, spokeswoman for the Heartland Institute asked in a statement distributed at the conference.

“The alarmists in the global warming debate have had their say – over and over again, in every newspaper in the country practically every day and in countless news reports and documentary films,” a notice on the Heartland Institute website said. “But they have lost the debate.”

In one of the papers released, environmental scientist S. Fred Singer’s “Nature, Not Human Activity Rules the Climate” summarized a three-year international scientific research project conducted by the Nongovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or NIPCC.

He said the climate is affected by many factors, but what can be ruled out by scientific evidence is that greenhouse gases are an important factor in causing global warming.

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