Update (March 9): The Argus Leader editorial board chimes in about this nonsense.
In a move akin to creationists calling the theory of evolution into question, the resolution's authors and supporters -- even in HCR 1009's amended form - are using ideology-based distrust of the environmental movement to spread dangerous myths about the threat we face.
(The links are mine, of course -- apparently the Governor's Office hasn't learned how to save paper and trees by using the inter-tubes yet.)
STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA
M. MICHAEL ROUNDS, GOVERNOR
March 2, 2010
108 East Centennial Street
Rapid City, SO 57701
Thank you very much for contacting me about House Concurrent Resolution 1009- calling for balanced teaching of global warming in the public schools of South Dakota.
As governor, I do not vote on concurrent resolutions, because they are expressions of legislative opinion and not proposed laws or constitutional amendments.
However, I agree with "balanced" teaching on subjects where the available information is conflicting and confusing. Global warming is one of those subjects.
Facts are facts, and should be taught as facts. But, when scientists and experts disagree on data collection processes and on theories, I believe a "balanced" presentation of different theories and different supporting information gives teachers a great opportunity to teach students research skills and critical thinking skills.
This can be done with many current event topics, and global warming is certainly one of those topics. Thanks again for writing.
M. Michael Rounds
STATE CAPITOL • 500 EAST CAPITOL • PIERRE, SOUTH DAKOTA 57501-5070 • 605.773.3212