Alien Invasion More Real than Global Warming , Say Republicans on Science Committee
The cover of the 2014 National Climate Assessment, released on May 6. “This assessment is about presenting actionable science,” said Obama adviser John Podesta after the report’s release. Under George W. Bush, the White House instructed federal agencies not to rely on the findings of the climate assessment to guide any policies, nor to use it to guide further research into climate change.
Furthermore, a current U. S. House of Representatives committee has met more times this session on looking for extraterrestrial life in outer space than it has assessing the threat of increasing climate change. Under the “leadership” of Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), chairman of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, the committee has spent more time holding hearings on the existence of extraterrestrial life than it has examining climate science or the repercussions of global climate change.
The House and Senate have held a combined 19 hearings on space exploration during the 113th Congress, according to a report Wednesday in the National Journal. Smith’s committee alone has organized 15 of those hearings, including three that focused on discovering alien life. Meanwhile, Smith’s committee has held just two hearings dedicated to climate change.
Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), chairman of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, has a long track record of climate change denial. And under his leadership, the committee has spent more time holding hearings on the existence of extraterrestrial life than it has examining climate science or the repercussions of global climate change.
Republicans on the Science Committee may be open to the possibility of alien life on other planets, but Smith and many of his colleagues are much less convinced that global warming is happening on this one, or that it might be caused by humans.
Numerous sitting members of the Science committee — all Republicans — also maintain positions repeatedly rejected by the scientific community for decades. Paul Broun (Ga.), a member of the young Earth creationists, does not “believe that the Earth’s but about 9,000 years old. I believe it was created in six days as we know them.” In 2009, Smith accused scientists of advancing false claims of man-made global warming. And Rep. James Sensenbrenner (Wisc.) has called climate change a “massive international scientific fraud” and evidence of “scientific fascism.”