A handful of protesters delivered petitions on Thursday to the office of Arizona Sen. Judy Burges (R-Yavapai County). Burges is the sponsor of SB 1213, which would allow Arizona science teachers to consider climate change as a "controversial subject" thus allowing them to present both sides of the climate change debate.
One of the citizens, Vincent Pawlowsky of Tucson, said climate change doubters are ignoring all of the available scientific evidence. "The effects of climate change are happening, they're human caused, and they're getting pretty severe, and we need to do something about it. We can't afford to have people introducing bills saying it's not real," he said.
Burges' bill died in committee, but Pawlowsky says it can still be revived as a "strike-all" amendment to another bill, or re-filed during next year's legislative session. The nearly 10,000 people who signed the petitions ask Burges to not pursue the measure this year or at any time in the future.