The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) — known by its critics as a “corporate bill mill” — has hit the ground running in 2013, pushing “models bills” mandating the teaching of climate change denial in public school systems, the Huffington Post reports. January has just ended, yet ALEC has already planted its “Environmental Literacy Improvement Act” — which mandates a “balanced” teaching of climate science in K-12 classrooms — in the state legislatures of Oklahoma, Colorado, and Arizona so far this year. In the past five years since 2008, among the hottest years in U.S. history, ALEC has introduced its “Environmental Literacy Improvement Act” in 11 states, or over one-fifth of the statehouses nationwide. The bill has passed in four states, an undeniable form of “big government” this “free market” organization decries in its own literature

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