The Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency have confirmed that the decision to commission and publish a document called Accurate Answers to Professor Plimer's 101 Climate Change Science Questions was made in reaction to outrage from teachers and scientists about Ian Plimer's climate sceptic book aimed at children.

As Matthew Knott reported in The Power Index and Crikey back in April, a number of teachers and climate scientists were concerned that conservative think-tank The Institute of Public Affairs had paid for hundreds of copies of Plimer's How to get expelled from school: a guide to climate change for pupils, parents and punters to be sent to schools across the country.