Pro-Oil Propaganda Being Subsidized In Public Schools
According to an investigation by the Center For Public Integrity, the fossil fuel industry is subsidizing fossil-fuel friendly material into public school classrooms. One of the more egregious examples of this is the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board, which spent $40 million over the past 20 years saturating the classroom with pro-petro messages. Schools, libraries, and centers for education were granted 9,000 free copies of "Petro Pete's Bad Dream", where "Petro Pete" wonders what life would be like without Petroleum or "natural" gas, and awakens to find his toothbrush, his clothes for school, his toothbrush, comb, and obnoxiously, his transportation to school, vanished. The narrative continues as Petro Pete finds himself walking to school after even the tires on his bicycle are missing. Of course, the subject of the day is pseudo-science, and "Petro-Pete" cannot have his ice-cream and there are no toys on the playground. The story is then concluded by an "awakened" Petro-Pete who then announces that "...having no petroleum is like a nightmare!"(sic).
The OOGEEP is a similar propaganda program in Ohio, who has made the hazardous process of fracking into a fun snack-related project where children are taught how to "frack" Twinkies. The students of one Mrs. Jennifer Merritt are the recipients of the program, and were not only provided such anti-educational garbage, but were "treated" as the winners of a raffle where GOP lawmakers came and personally read "Petro Pete's Big Bad Dream", and took photos of the students posing with their "favorite petroleum by-products". The aforementioned "Center For Public Integrity" reveals a "tightly woven network of organizations" led by advertising and PR strategists to "paint a rosy picture of fossil fuels in America's classrooms". This increase in industry-subsidized brainwashing comes at the same time and in the same state where there have been exponential increases in fracking-related earthquakes. This "curricula" is reportedly used in 98% of OK's public school districts, and has been introduced in Kansas, Ohio, and Illinois. "Lab Time With Leo" is another such example of industry-friendly pseudo-information being presented to young minds for digestion, where the "lab" in question is more filled with icons of faux intellectualism than with anything related to the standard contents of a scientists laboratory. All of these things are artfully crafted to bend the perception of the child receiving this content, and make them feel as though they are learning, when in reality, they are being bombarded with deliberate propaganda.
Special credit belongs to reporting from Jie Jenny Zou, The Center For Public Integrity, StateImpact Oklahoma, and Joe Wertz.