When GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum brought his campaign to Boise Tuesday night, one of his rhetoric's main targets was climate science. He considered educators, and in particular "those people in universities," as elitists.
""Don't you see how they look down their nose at you? Those elite snobs," said Santorum to enthusiastic cheers in the Capital High School auditorium. "They all want you to be scared of manmade global warming."
The crowd responded with a thunderous "Boo."
"This isn't climate science. This is political science," said Santorum. "They don't think you can be trusted with your own energy consumption."
It turns out that there is a growing effort supporting Santorum's claims, and in fact, they want to push back against climate science being taught in the nation's classrooms.
The New York Times reports that leaked documents suggest an organization known for attacking climate science is "planning a new push to undermine the teaching of global warming in public schools."
The documents come from a Chicago-based nonprofit called the Heartland Institute. Its agenda is to "cast doubt on the scientific finding that fossil fuel emissions endanger the long-term welfare of the planet."
In a statement to the Times, the Heartland Institute acknowledged that some of its internal documents had been stolen, but insisted that the leaked documents were a fraud.
"Although best-known nationally for its attack on climate science, Heartland styles itself as a libertarian organization with interests in a wide range of public-policy issues," wrote the Times. "The documents say that it expects to raise $7.7 million this year."