Utah Board of Education keeps ‘climate change’ in science standards

, Spencer Irvine, Leave a comment

Last week, the Utah State Board of Education mulled over a proposal to either remove or retain “climate change” as a topic for discussion the state’s science standards for K-12 students. In the end, the board kept climate change in its standards.

On May 4, the board narrowly approved the retention of climate change in the state’s science standards by a 8-7 vote. The board meeting took about fourteen hours, according to local media outlet KSL. The vote also “eliminated all previous amendments to the science and engineering curriculum, one of which purged climate change language.”

Climate change was first included in science standards for the Beehive State in 2019 as a part of the state’s instruction about environmental science.

At least 100 emails were sent to board members to ask the board to keep climate change in the standards, in addition to several residents who also testified in favor of retaining climate change before the board.

The supporters of keeping climate change in the standards cited talking points, such as how climate change is widely accepted and that climate change is not a natural phenomenon.

Even in a conservative state like Utah, climate change alarmism is alive and well, and has made its way into education standards.