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State AGs Shut Down 'GOP Extremists' Attempts To Block Big Oil Fraud Probe

The Huffington Post | Chris DAngelo | Posted 07.26.2016 | Politics

Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) will have to do more than issue subpoenas if he wants state attorneys general and environmental groups to turn over documen...

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Ann Reid | Posted 07.22.2016 | Education
Ann Reid

Some time ago, I wrote about Lamar Smith (R-Texas and chairman of the House Science Committee) and his efforts to intimidate climate scientists. In th...

Elizabeth Warren Blasts GOP Congressman And His Exxon Mobil Buddies

The Huffington Post | Chris DAngelo | Posted 07.20.2016 | Politics

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has a message for Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) and his climate denying, Big Oil-loving cronies in Washington: You picked...

GOP Congressman Subpoenas Those Investigating Big Oil's Climate Cover-Up

The Huffington Post | Chris DAngelo | Posted 07.20.2016 | Politics

In his latest showing of support for Big Oil, a House Republican has subpoenaed state attorneys general and environmental groups that are investigatin...

ExxonMobil May Have Friends In High Places, But Fraud Is Not Constitutionally Protected

Elliott Negin | Posted 07.06.2016 | Politics
Elliott Negin

When a handful of attorneys general launched investigations of ExxonMobil for climate fraud, I wonder if they had any idea that they would be attacked for attempting to stifle the company's right of free speech.

After the Deluge: Texas and France Split on Climate Science

Elliott Negin | Posted 06.09.2016 | Green
Elliott Negin

Texas and France have a number of things in common. They're roughly the same size. They were both republics. They have delectable, widely loved cuisines. And, just last week, both were battered by torrential rains and flooding turbocharged by human-made global warming.

Another Pebble Mine Hearing, But No One Hears Alaska

Everett Thompson | Posted 04.28.2016 | Politics
 Everett Thompson

Why? Why is a House Science Committee without a single member from Alaska so fixated on something we live and breathe every day, and so oblivious to how strongly we feel as Alaskans?

GOP Congressman Falsely Claims Study 'Confirms The Halt In Global Warming' | Paige Lavender | Posted 03.30.2016 | Politics

This story was originally published by Rep. Lamar Smith at a recent hearing claimed a new study published in the journal Nature Climate...

'Green News Report' - November 19, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 11.19.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: House Republicans double-down in their ongoing war against climate scient...

Science Is Accountable. Are Politicians?

Ann Reid | Posted 11.20.2015 | Education
Ann Reid

At stake is nothing less than the independence of the U.S. scientific enterprise. This case affects the ability of scientists to carry out their research without fear of persecution and retaliation.

Tweet This and Risk a Subpoena

Raymond S. Bradley | Posted 11.17.2015 | Green
Raymond S. Bradley

The latest tirade from Lamar Smith, Chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology sheds light on the real reason for his demand that NOAA employees make available all email correspondence about their recent study on global warming.

Chairman Of Science Committee Misleads On Climate Change | Sara Bondioli | Posted 11.10.2015 | Politics

The following post first appeared on Rep. Lamar Smith, chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, has mad...

Climate-Denying Rep. Wants To Investigate Scientists For Requesting A Probe Of Climate Deniers

The Huffington Post | Mariam Baksh | Posted 10.06.2015 | Politics

Republicans love to reference the Constitution. But when it comes to climate science, one GOP congressman is flirting with disregard for the First Ame...

McConnell Voted In 1993 To Legalize Fetal Tissue Donations After Abortion

The Huffington Post | Laura Bassett | Posted 07.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) fast-tracked a bill to defund Planned Parenthood on Friday because of an undercover video...

ExxonMobil Is Still Spending Millions of Dollars on Climate Science Deniers

Elliott Negin | Posted 07.16.2016 | Green
Elliott Negin

ExxonMobil no longer funds climate change deniers?! Is that right? Technically, perhaps, because practically no one can say with a straight face that global warming isn't happening anymore. Most, if not all, of the people who used to deny the reality of climate change have morphed into climate science deniers.

Captain Pope on the Titanic

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 06.18.2016 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

The Pope, by the way, is not bringing religion to the debate; he is simply acknowledging that the science is overwhelming and compelling, and given that, there is a moral obligation to act.

Farewell Larsen B

Todd R. Miller | Posted 06.14.2016 | Green
Todd R. Miller

Sometime around 10,000 BC, a prehistoric human smeared ochre paint on a cave wall in a part of northern Spain that would eventually be known as Altamira. The artist painted an image from his environment - a bison - in vibrant burnt orange.

Industry-Funded Lawmakers Target Public Health and Environmental Protections

Elliott Negin | Posted 06.11.2016 | Politics
Elliott Negin

A handful of bills currently in play on Capitol Hill would obstruct federal agencies from enacting science-based rules, setting back health and environmental safeguards for decades to come.

GOP Works to Defund Studies So They Can Deny Climate Change

Richard Zombeck | Posted 05.14.2016 | Politics
Richard Zombeck

While it may make sense logically that members of Congress would hold out on forming an opinion while waiting for evidence, it makes absolutely no sense that they would then work fervently to eliminate any means of getting that evidence -- unless of course they have no interest in the truth or evidence.

Kate Sheppard

This Is What Happens When You Elect Climate Change Deniers | Kate Sheppard | Posted 05.07.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Scientists are balking at major cuts to NASA's budget that the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology approved last week, cuts...

GOP Rep.'s Incorrect Climate Change Claims Examined | Dave Levitan | Posted 05.01.2015 | Politics

The following post first appeared on Rep. Lamar Smith made several incorrect claims in a Wall Street Journal opinion piece regarding...

How Best to Hold Federal Scientific Research Accountable

Dr. Samuel L. Stanley, Jr. | Posted 04.01.2015 | College
Dr. Samuel L. Stanley, Jr.

The surest route to success in scientific research is to foster a robust environment of scientific investigation and engage the finest minds in that pursuit.

James Gerken

House Science Chair Says Latest Climate Report Is 'Clearly Biased,' But He Only Read The Summary | James Gerken | Posted 11.07.2014 | Politics

Lamar Smith, the Republican chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, hasn't read the latest report from the United Nations' I...

Lamar Smith Re-Elected To Congress In 2014 Texas Race

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics

GOP Rep. Lamar Smith was re-elected to Congress on Tuesday. Smith represents Texas' 21st District. Below, live updates on midterm news from arou...

Zach Carter

Congress Could Privatize Asteroids, Because There Isn't Anything Else To Do | Zach Carter | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- An awful lot of important issues are not likely to get a vote from House Republicans in the final two-week congressional session before ...