House Science Chair’s First Action Is To Hold A Climate Change Denier Hearing

Written by Rebecca Leber

Coming off of the hottest year in U.S. history and 333 months of higher-than-average global temperatures, Rep. Lamar Smith’s (R-TX) first move as the new chair of the House Science and Technology Committee includes a hearing on climate science, according to Dallas News.

For Smith, who criticized “the idea of human-made global warming,” the hearing will be an opportunity to give a platform to the committee’s climate zombies:

I believe climate change is due to a combination of factors, including natural cycles, sun spots, and human activity. But scientists still don’t know for certain how much each of these factors contributes to the overall climate change that the Earth is experiencing. It is the role of the Science Committee to create a forum for discussion so Congress and the American people can hear from experts and draw reasoned conclusions. During this process, we should focus on the facts rather than on a partisan agenda.

Smith has blasted the media as “lap dogs” for not devoting enough airtime to climate deniers and implored networks to not “hide the facts.” Unsurprisingly, he has taken $500,000 from oil and gas over his political career and $10,000 from Koch industries last year.

GOP members of the committee “keep science at farthest arm’s length” with its long list of climate deniers. “All that stuff I was taught about evolution and embryology and Big Bang theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of hell,” House Science Subcommittee Chair Paul Broun (R-GA) said. But the list also includes former Chair Ralph Hall (R-TX), Vice Chairman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), and subcommittee chairs Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) and Larry Bucshon (R-IN).

If climate-denying Republicans want the facts and not “a partisan agenda,” they can just read the new draft National Climate Assessment, which dives into the consequences of a hotter, drier, disaster-prone climate.

This post was originally published by Climate Progress.


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Sandy B.
Sandra B.2 years ago

GOP knows climate change is real, how can they not with all the weather related disasters our planet is going through. They just enjoy bending-over and giving their dignity and the future of the planet to the oil and energy interests and wall street financiers. Either that, or they are just too stupid, greedy or heartless to care that the mother earth and all her creatures are slowly dying....

Marianne Good
Past Member 2 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

Lori Ann Hone
Lori Hone2 years ago

Republicans are determinded to kill this country, her people and the world, my they all rot in hell.

C. R.
Carole R.2 years ago

Thanks for the post.

Robert B.
Robert B.2 years ago

I agree with Annamari, except that last line. You can't forcebly educate a fool on climate change.

Shanti S.
S S.2 years ago

Thank you.

Chris C.
Chris C.2 years ago

The GOP just keeps their heads buried in the sand!

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Peter S.
Peter Saflund2 years ago

In addition to Dan B.'s general description of I think we must add the propensity of Republicans to believe in magic and wishful thinking. There ARE knowable facts relevant to climate change. It is wishful thinking to suggest 'science' is in 'doubt' since good scientists are always at least somewhat in doubt about almost everything. That does not make climate change mechanisms uncertain nor does it cast doubt about their inevitable and measurable affects. Likewise, to think earth's climate is fore-ordained by a make believe man who lives in the sky and therefore out of our control, is evidence not of faith but rather is proof of blatant criminal irresponsibility. Similarly , belief that America is somehow exceptional (a very strong belief in Texas) and that we are immune from the fate that awaits "lesser" nations is not only foolishly jingoistic but is also clearly delusional.

Brandon Van Every

I think the climate is changing, and we're contributing to it. I don't know how much, if it's really global, or if energy is just realigning in the system of Earth. I don't know if I really have to prepare for the seas rising significantly, or just some coastal conditions that change with the next ocean deep current cycle. What about global cooling and mini ice ages?

I'm not ready to demonize carbon or sign up for carbon offset economics. I'm an "anti-toxins, pro-renewables" Greener. There's plenty to fight about without even discussing global warming, which happens to be beneficial if global warming is a problem anyways. I've opposed Keystone, Arctic drilling, offshore drilling, fracking, soot, and airborne mercury not because of carbon release, but because they make us sick, and because these industries tend towards criminal negligence.