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Taxpayer Dollars Fund Environmental Video Game Propaganda


Crossposted from Climate Dollars — this article was published June 24, 2017

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is using taxpayer money to fund development of a video game to the tune of $224,999 in order to promote “environmental justice.”

According to Elizabeth Harrington of the Washington Free Beaconthe federal grant is intended to help produce a video game called “Water Follies” in which “children ‘right the environmental wrongs’ of a fictional town.” The grant is clear about its intent: taxpayer money is being used to advance a particular ideological message, hijacking children to pressure legislators into creating more restrictive environmental laws.

In its abstract for the video game grant, the NIH expresses its intent “to produce growing libraries of educational video games.” According to the program details, taxpayers can expect further use of government grants for environmentalist “education.” Barring a change of plans, Meadowlark Science and Education’s—the developer—video game “research” effort is set to continue through 2018.

See Climate Dollars’ post detailing another example of tax dollars abuse: funding studies that support an ideological agenda.

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