Republicans wear their lack of knowledge like a badge of honor, using it as an excuse to believe in whatever it is they want to believe, devoid of science. It's worked out so well getting Republicans elected, that they're now taking that anti-science philosophy into our public schools.
Smithsonian: See Where Climate Science Conflict Has Invaded U.S. Classrooms - Conservative politicians are introducing bills that promote teaching climate science as controversial
Conservative legislators with a history of targeting evolution education have begun to take aim at climate science as well, encouraging educators to “teach the controversy” using some of the same tools and techniques that fuel continued support for intelligent design. Most of these measures have failed—for now. But two have passed, in Louisiana and Tennessee.
That’s not happening in other countries, like India for instance, who seems to think environmental health will reduce poverty and increase critical thinking, two GOP non-issues:
Every one of India's 1.3 million schools, as well as all of its 650-plus universities, are required by a Supreme Court order to educate each young Indian about the environment and sustainability.
Driving the program is a belief that teaching these topics is key to addressing India’s many severe ecological problems, from polluted air and water to a disease-spreading lack of sanitation. Taking on issues like how to adapt to a changing climate, or how to protect the environment while also reducing poverty, can help develop critical thinking skills, argue many sustainability educators. With interest in teaching about sustainability growing in many parts of the world, the handprint has been exported to nations including South Africa and Japan.
The U.S. is going in the opposite direction, which should be scaring the daylights out of every voter. Teaching the "controversy" just perpetuates the lie:
Doug Lombardi, a science education researcher at Temple University, said “There isn’t a climate change controversy, not from a scientific perspective.” It's not just a matter of scientific accuracy—at stake may be the ability of future generations to deal with creeping temperatures, sea level rise and the other consequences of climate change. (But) more than 40 percent of teachers frame climate science as controversial.
That discrepancy mirrors a gap between scientists and the general public. Surveys of working climate scientists have shown that 97 to 98 percent of the most active climate researchers support humanity's greenhouse gas emissions as the primary driver of recent climate change. No major scientific organization, from the American Association for the Advancement of Science to the National Academy of Sciences, disputes this view.
Meanwhile, results from a Pew Research Center survey released in July show that only half of the public believes that climate change is mostly due to human activity.