Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) is set to take over as Chair of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, and it's causing some dismay on the left, because Smith has questioned the scientific consensus on climate change.
Smith has referred to climate scientists as "global warming alarmists," and in 2009 he accused the mainstream media of "bias" for failure to cover "any dissenting opinions about global warming...The networks should tell Americans the truth, rather than hide the facts." However, Smith's website refers explicitly to the fact that the climate is changing - it just doesn't mention that humans have played a role.
Some science insiders are more pleased than concerned by Smith's appointment. A piece on the American Association for the Advancement of Science website reports that "many Washington-based lobbyists for universities and science organizations privately said that they hoped Smith would win the job. They see him as a pragmatic lawmaker who is most likely to revive the science committee."
Being skeptical should be (and is) a requirement of every scientist. Unlike many reactionaries, at least he recognizes that the climate is changing. Can't think of an example of scienific avoidance causing death (I'm sure there are many just can't think of it right now), but I can think of many deaths that will occur if we induce ourselves into a state of poverty due to foolish, half cocked energy policies that won't even address the original perceived problem.
Well I see the GOP hasn't learned a thing from the past election. They lost the Presidency again, they sold seats in both houses and they just keep on acting like Neanderthals. This is why I left the Party. It is no longer the Party of Lincoln. It's the party of the Lunatic fringe.
i think that he'll fit right in on the committee. let's see who else is on it: one guy who thinks that people and dinosaurs lived and played together 9000 years ago... one guy who believes that the female body can shut down and not get pregnant from a rape unless she wants to...
help me out here folks... got any more morons on the committee? it seems that more and more this committee is a place to put people who can't do anything else.
The climate changes, how much is caused by nature & how much by man, cows, etc is extremely hard to prove. Maybe this guy will cause a re-doubling of efforts to prove or disprove the manmade theory once and for all.
Doesn't believe in climate change? Or....that it's cyclical vs man-made? Maybe it's a good thing to have someone chairing the committee who doesn't jump on the latest bandwagon until something is actually proven. Perhaps he's more of a thinker than some would give him credit for.
This is disconcerting, but is what we should expect from a federal government which is fully one half represented by deniers of man made climate change. The climate change denial machine plays to these people's ideological side, the actual science be damned. Before we can act on a problem we must recognize the problem exists, and these folks are doing their level best to insure that doesn't happen by creating doubt. Why do we have a National Academy of Science? To advise these policy makers....yet they don't want to listen.
Concerned would be an understatement. This committee the committee oversees the entire spectrum of national science interests, from energy, the environment and the atmosphere, civil aviation and nuclear R&D, and space. NASA and commercial spaceflight scary isn't it. I can't wait to learn who else is on it. Last years dumb member of the year Aiken thankfully will soon be gone gone. One member blamed prehistoric climate warming on dinosaur farts. Another Republican congressman who sits on the science committee of the House of Representatives has dismissed evolution, the Big Bang theory and embryology as "lies straight from the pit of hell". His beliefs are universal among Republican's and we're anticipating science and technology leading the way to additional jobs and economic growth. It is no wonder why the worlds most powerful atom smasher is located in Switzerland. The work they're doing has reinforced the Big Bang theory and as such is a threat to the Evangelical Christians in the US. These deniers are a threat to our future and their every move should be exposed by the press for what it is.
In the 70's it was Global Cooling, that morphed into global warming - that was hard to defend, so now it's Climate change (no kidding). You have one more step to go, it's called CYCLICAL climate.-- that completes the circle.....<wink>
Besides, there is no scientific consensus that global warming is man made -- Getting science to agree on a consensus, is like herding cats.....
I believe that natural phenomena will occur in increasing velocity, such as earth quakes, hurricanes volcanic eruptions, etc., etc. However, it will not be caused by mans intervention, but God's -- coupled with increasing hostilities, famine and moral turpitude......
Okay..... God is not about religion but a philosophy passed down to us by Jesus. God is science, he has allowed man to discover what's there for discovery. Note: There is over 28,000 christian denominations and sects in the world - whereas Christ established one faith and one church....obviously, there is something wrong with this picture.