Last Friday, the Utah legislature passed a resolution stating that there is no climate change and that carbon dioxide is, essentially, harmless to humans and good for plants. Then, over the weekend, they claim that the best way for schools to save money is to get rid of the 12th grade.

Officially the most Republican state in America, its political masters have adopted a resolution condemning “climate alarmists”, and disputing any scientific basis for global warming.

The measure, which passed by 56-17, has no legal force, though it was predictably claimed by climate change sceptics as a great victory in the wake of the controversy caused by a mistake over Himalayan glaciers in the UN’s landmark report on global warming.

It should also be noted that the resolution is not legally binding. It merely expresses someone’s sentiment. In all likelihood, state politicians voted for this as they were “playing politics” to get something more meaningful that they wanted passed and this may have been their only viable option. If you read the resolution, it is very much financially driven.

The fact is, life changes. We are not the same as we were 10,000 years ago, nor 100 years ago. We have weathered ice ages and will again. The major disputes arise from how much man is helping along climate change. Given that an ultra-conservative politician has suggested getting rid of 12th grade, many Utahans would then lack the ability to reason scientific facts and believe whatever it told to them.

Utah is trying to save money on a $700 million budget shortfall. The problem with suggesting eliminating 12th grade or making it an option to graduate early is that it was suggested as a way to save money, forgetting the fact that Utah already has the option for students to graduate early if they’ve finished their requirements.

“We’ve always had an option in place for early graduation,” said Debra Roberts, chairwoman of the Utah Board of Education, adding that it was OK to give students the choice to graduate early, but that they shouldn’t be pushed to leave.

State Senator Chris Buttars is known to be out of touch with what actually happens in the real world. Not only has he suggested eliminating the 12th grade, he has spouted racist epithets and gay bashing. Some statements he has said:

Homosexuality will always be a sexual perversion. And you say that around here now and everybody goes nuts. But I don’t care.”

“Brown v. Board of Education is wrong to begin with.”

Senator Buttars also believes that evolution is a farce and that creationism is factual. Utahans would be best to vote this man out of office so he stops embarrassing the good people of Utah.

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