New Congress: Ted Cruz and Lamar Smith vs. Climate Reality

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The last 15 years, there has been no recorded warming. Contrary to all the theories that they are expounding, there should have been warming over the last 15 years. It hasn’t happened. You know, back in the ’70s—I remember the ’70s, we were told there was global cooling. And everyone was told global cooling was a really big problem. And then that faded.

– Ted Cruz

The history books are not going to treat Ted Cruz kindly. Unfortunately, he’ll have the opportunity to push this myth and much more in the new Congress. The freshman senator is a top candidate to chair the Subcommittee on Science and Space, overseeing agencies like NASA, the National Science Foundation, and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

The subcommittee has first say over Senate bills about “science, engineering, and technology research and development and policy”. Think a Cruz chairmanship would allow for many – if any – bills promoting climate change research and amelioration technology? No, it seems that productive research at labs and universities around the country is in serious peril.

Cruz’s Lone Star complement in the House, Lamar Smith, also denies climate change – refusing to even read reports which cover it. Smith, the chairman of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, spent the first part of this week dismissing the most recent United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report on climate change. “Similar to previous reports, the latest findings appear more political than scientific,” Lamar said. “It’s time to stop fear mongering and focus on an honest dialogue about real options.”

Not surprisingly, Smith also admitted not reading the report, only the summer. The report is “bias,” he said. Smith has used his chairmanship to give voice to climate deniers and spread lies about the climate.

Meanwhile, Congress’ biggest climate denier, Jim Inhofe — author of a book about it called The Greatest Hoax — is poised to lead the Senate Environment and Public works Committee. He’ll undoubtedly go to work right away to roll back the EPA’s expanded limits on power plant pollution.

Not great.

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Ben Sherman

Ben Sherman has been a BOR staff writer since 2011. A graduate of the University of Texas, Ben has worked on campaigns, in political consulting, and has written for other news outlets like Think Progress. Ben considers campaign finance reform the fundamental challenge of our time because it distorts almost every other issue in American politics.

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  1. Roll back the limits and watch more absolutely nothing continue to occur at the same rate…except for business and job growth of course.

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