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Captain Pope on the Titanic

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 06.18.2015 | 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 06.16.2015 | 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 06.11.2015 | 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 05.18.2015 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

FactCheck.org | Dave Levitan | Posted 05.01.2015 | Politics

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

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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 ...

Republicans Wage Anti-'Secret Science' Campaign Against The EPA

The American Independent Institute | Brad Johnson | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics

This is the second in a three-part series. Read the first story here. The conservative “secret science” campaign harkens back nearly twenty yea...

How One GOP-Controlled Committee Is Waging A War On Science

The American Independent Institute | Brad Johnson | Posted 06.24.2014 | Politics

At a March 26 hearing of the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, Republican congressmen took turns attacking President Obama's top...

Environmental Justice and the "Science" of Denial

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 07.15.2014 | Green
Warren J. Blumenfeld

I ask, though, how "free" are we now as mining, oil and lumber companies lobby to exploit the land, and as legislators grant corporations enormous tax breaks and subsidies?

Peer Review Is Time-Tested to Withstand Political Fashion Trends

American Anthropological Association | Posted 05.11.2014 | Science
American Anthropological Association

Cherry-picking grants awarded by the National Science Foundation is not an effective use of time or money. Investment in scientific research has never been more important than the present.

With Seven Workdays Left, House Committee Holds Hearing On Space Aliens

The Huffington Post | Shadee Ashtari | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

With only seven workdays left between now and the end of the first session of the 113th Congress, a full House committee has found time to hold a hear...

Jared Gilmour

House Republicans Passed Three Bills To Help The Natural Gas Industry Just This Week

HuffingtonPost.com | Jared Gilmour | Posted 11.21.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republicans in the House have been busy this week, passing three pieces of legislation that would help the natural gas industry by circu...

Why National Science Foundation Funding -- and Archaeology -- Matters

Paul Mullins | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Paul Mullins

Eric Cantor and Lamar Smith's apparently reasonable claim for fiscal sobriety conceals their skepticism about the value of social science, and it underscores an anti-scholarly agenda that aspires to erode the nation's longstanding commitment to science.

The True Cost of the Legal Workforce Act

Marielena Hincapié | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Marielena Hincapié

If the Legal Workforce Act is enacted, U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, and work-authorized noncitizens are likely to lose their jobs if they do not contact the appropriate government agency and quickly correct an error that causes E-Verify to flag them.

The Scientific Star Chamber?

Nicholas Warner | Posted 07.06.2013 | Politics
Nicholas Warner

A politician who proposes politicizing a jury would rightly be pilloried by the court of public opinion and should never hold political office again. And yet the chairman of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, Rep. Lamar Smith, has been proposing to do this to scientists.

Michael McAuliff

Politics Would 'Improve' Science, Republican Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The chairman of the House Science Committee on Tuesday defended his controversial draft legislation that would subject the National Scie...

Amanda Terkel

Obama Promises To Protect Science Research From Partisan Politics

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 04.29.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama promised on Monday to ensure that scientific research is insulated from partisan politics, as government-funded p...

Michael McAuliff

GOP Pushes Politicization Of Scientific Research

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 04.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republicans on the House science committee are making an unprecedented move to require oversight of the scientific research process, pus...

Republican Lawmakers Back Hobby Lobby's Obamacare Birth Control Fight

The Huffington Post | Jeffrey Young | Posted 02.25.2013 | Business

Christian-owned retail chain Hobby Lobby won the backing of some high-profile Republicans in its fight against Obamacare's birth-control mandate last ...

GOP-Controlled Committee Plans Hearing On Asteroids That Pose A 'Potential Threat To Earth'

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 02.15.2013 | Politics

The House Committee on Science, Space and Technology announced Friday that it will hold a hearing in the coming weeks over asteroids that pose a "pote...

Science and Religion: Never the Twain Shall Meet

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 04.14.2013 | Science
Jeff Schweitzer

Unlike scientific claims, beliefs cannot be arbitrated to determine which is valid because there is no objective basis on which to compare one set of beliefs to another. Those two world views are not closer than we think; they are as far apart as could possibly be imagined.