Here at Gristmill, we like to keep you ahead of the game on the outrage of the day. So here's a little sneak peek at the next thing about which conservatives are going to be furious.
It seems that an environmental organization recently called together a group of 223 Oklahoma teachers for a workshop outlining ways in which the world could move to renewable power. The group was given teaching material and workshop ideas predicated on teaching the science behind the technology. The intention of the lessons was overt: get kids to understand the importance of renewable energy in the modern world. Get kids to embrace it. Here's the mayor of Tulsa:
"What you're going to hear today is the truth," Mayor Dewey Bartlett Jr. … said while addressing workshop participants at the Memorial auditorium. "We need you to get the word out. You have the hearts and minds of those children at your beck and call every day."
The teachers embraced the curriculum, recognizing the importance of renewable energy to our nation's future.
"It teaches kids when you see a [solar array] to go, 'Oh stay away from that,' " [kindergarten teacher Margaret] Trahern said. "This really brings a lot of jobs; it's what Oklahoma is all about."
Exactly. But, of course, you can expect Big Oil and their allies and hard-line supporters to condemn the exercise in short order. After all, in 2009, Fox News railed against environmental "indoctrination" in our schools for a much-less-thorough curriculum. Once they find out about this, they're going to go apoplectic.
Yeah, no they won't. The seminar wasn't about renewable energy at all. It was about oil.