Spoiler Alert: Glenn Beck's Website Ruins Science And An Episode Of SpongeBob
Glenn Beck's The Blaze is stoking fears of a sinister plot aimed at “indoctrinating children” with the “overtly controversial stance” that global warming is man-made with free books and SpongeBob SquarePants:
On July 20, 2011, kids in the Washington, D.C. area were treated to free books during a special U.S. Department of Education event. Two of the books that were offered featured popular Nickelodeon characters as part of the network's “Big Green Help Series,” a campaign encouraging children to help protect the Earth.
But one of these publications takes an overtly controversial stance, as it promotes the idea that global warming is a man-made problem that requires human intervention in order to be stemmed.
Of course, there should be nothing remotely controversial about the idea that humans are contributing to climate change. Countless scientific organizations and groups long ago moved past the notion that the concept is “controversial.” The controversy exists only in the fevered imaginations of right-wing commentators, like those at The Blaze, where it has become a point of pride to deny a massive body of scientific research.
Not content to ruin science, The Blaze also gave away the ending of SpongeBob SquarePants in The Endless Summer while explaining why that particular episode of the cartoon was “implausible”:
In the end, because of global warming, Mr. Krab's pool water boils away. But, don't despair. Once everyone in SpongeBob's hometown (remember, this all exists underwater, which makes the entire premise of the story implausible) starts planting trees, riding bikes and unplugging appliances, the community is restored. And, Mr. Krab even decides to give people a discount for coming to the pool if they walk or ride their bikes. Problem solved!