Fearful kids scold Feinstein over lack of dismay

Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

Sen. Dianne Feinstein at Gorsuch hearingsA U.S. senator who is proposing teaching climate change in public schools got a taste of left-wing indoctrination when she was lectured by student activists who are certain the earth is doomed.

Sen. Diane Feinstein has introduced the “Climate Change Education Act” that would create a grant program for teachers to promote “climate literacy” in schools, where “only 30 percent of middle school teachers and only 45 percent of high school science teachers understand the extent of the scientific consensus on climate change,” a press release states.

The program would be administered through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

“This is already the regular fare in textbooks, in videos, in all of the other means at the disposal of teachers, many of whom, frankly, have no control over this,” observes energy analyst Bonner Cohen, a senior fellow at the National Center for Public Policy Research.

global warmingThe students who confronted Feinstein were coached by Sunrise Movement, an environmental group that recruits young people to “stop the climate crisis” through legislation.

Sunrise Movement also backs the costly and controversial Green New Deal, which Feinstein does not support and which even some Democrats have laughed off as pie-in-the-sky environmental fantasy.

The group posted the confrontation (see video below) on social media.

“Some scientists have said we have 12 years to turn this around,” one of the teens tells Feinstein.

After Feinstein responds that it won’t get “turned around” in 10 years, an adult accompanying the kids interrupts the senator and says she is looking at the faces of children who will live with those consequences.

“The government is supposed to be for the people,” a second child says, “and by the people, and all for the people.”

Then the 85-year-old senator put on the brakes.

“You know what's interesting about this group,” she replies, “is that I've been doing this for 30 years. I know what I'm doing. You come in here and you say, ‘It has to be my way or the highway.' I don't respond to that."

"She was caught unawares in all of this,” Cohen says of the California senator. “And I believe what we're seeing now is her reaction to that so that she can kind of shore up her climate credentials with her constituents."

In an obvious attempt at damage control, Feinstein issued a statement hours later that described a “spirited discussion” and claimed the children were heard “loud and clear” by her.

This week, meanwhile, teens are being encouraged by their peers to walk out of classes to demonstrate they are "tired" of adults ignoring climate change. The group Climate Strike is promoting the walk-out. 

Cohen calls the teens "instruments" of the radical environmental groups.  

Editor's Note: This story has been updated with additional comments from Bonner Cohen.

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