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  • Dan Dredger wrote a new post, Scientists Stand Up To Congressional Attacks 4 years, 2 months ago

    By Phil Plait

    To the surprise of no one, Lamar Smith (R-Texas) is continuing his unfounded attack on science, ratcheting it up even higher than before. This time, he’s trying to tie up the Union of Concerned S […]

    • Let me get this straight, Lamar is using his position as head of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology to benefit the coal and gas industries?

      IF, this country was just, he would be indicted for misuse of a congressional position.
      But this is the US where the constitution is not recognized by right wing nutballs, unless it pertains to their guns.

    • He seems like the type of conspiracy theorist who “thinks that scientists are manipulating data to make it look like the Earth is [round].”

    • A Republican from Texas denies science ? Well knock me over with a feather ! I seem to remember ex Governor Rick Perry publicly praying for rain in that state, just a few years ago. The result, horrendous wild forest fires ! Do these characters ever take their minds off the next buck, and instead reflect on the very real REALITY out there?

    • Alan, I’m pretty sure if there was a dog, err god, he or she would have done this to Perry on purpose.
      Republicans are proof there is no god.

    • Mr Darcy, This is the result of cutbacks in mental health in the USA. Texas is saving the most money.

    • I don’t care for Alexander and his anti-science witch hunts. However, I don’t much care for the UCS either which has the word “scientists” in its name but is more of a political activist organization. Its Wikipedia entry makes that very evident. As a political activist organization, the UCS should be open to criticism for its political advocacy and this shouldn’t be painted as some attack on science in general.

    • prietenul #8
      Jun 6, 2016 at 8:32 am

      I don’t care for Alexander and his anti-science witch hunts.

      I am uncertain what “Alexander” has to do with Smith’s OP attack on NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) or on UCS.

      @OP – This time, he’s trying to tie up the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). The good news? They’re having none of it.

      However, I don’t much care for the UCS either which has the word “scientists” in its name but is more of a political activist organization.

      Of course it has the word “scientists in its name”! It is a body of scientists campaigning on the politics affecting important scientific issues – such as pseudo-science quacks like Smith and other science deniers misdirecting policy and harassing honest scientists! (such as those at NOAA)

      Its Wikipedia entry makes that very evident. As a political activist organization,

      It is a political activist organisation of scientists promoting proper use of science!

      the UCS should be open to criticism for its political advocacy and this shouldn’t be painted as some attack on science in general.

      You have this backwards!
      UCS exposes pseudo-science claims and attacks on science in general from the likes of Smith, and from the other stooges of the carbon industries.
      UCS is indeed open to criticism, but it is well known that pseudo-science stooges can normally only respond with propaganda political harassment, and rhetoric, as they are usually too incompetent (Smith is a prime example) to debate honestly and effectively with scientists.

      @OP – link – Smith, who has done nothing but intimidate and threaten scientists with prosecution, has the temerity to accuse the UCS of this. Amazing.

      In the letter, Smith says the UCS is conspiring with a score of state attorneys general to work “… against those who have questioned the causes, magnitudes, or best ways to address climate change.”

      Yeah, in that last part he means climate change deniers.

      Yep! UCS is running political campaigns debunking the false claims of climate-change deniers – and this is perceived as “a threat to the profits of the coal, oil and gas corporations”, for whom Smith is a prime stooge politician!

      @OP link As I have said many times, this is an abuse of power on Smith’s part, pure and simple. He will do anything to slow or stop research into climate change and cast aspersions on scientists, no matter how untrue his claims are.

      The final irony? We now know for a fact that Exxon has been misleading the public for decades; they knew in the 1970s that their product could harm the Earth’s environment. Maybe someone should clue Smith in on this, if he can hear it over the sound of fossil fuel industry donations pouring into his coffers.

    • ” the UCS should be open to criticism for its political advocacy and this shouldn’t be painted as some attack on science in general.”

      And the criticism is what? That science is false?

      Science IS being attacked. That is what the article is about.

    • alf1200 #10
      Jun 6, 2016 at 12:56 pm

      And the criticism is what? That science is false?

      Science IS being attacked. That is what the article is about.

      The suggestion that the likes of Smith have any competence to honestly and constructively criticise scientist debunkers of pseudo-science propaganda, is comical in the extreme!

      Flat Earthists V astronauts !!!! ?
      No contest at an intellectual level, but in the minds of conspiracy theorists and the corrupt, the bizarre and perverse trump all properly researched evidence!