Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), despite being chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, has a long history of dismissing mainstream climate science. In an op-ed published on 24 July 2017 in The Daily Signal, Smith extolled the virtues of global warming. Photo: Bill Clark / Cq Roll Call / Getty Images

By Chris D’Angelo
24 July 2017

WASHINGTON (Huffington Post) – Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) — who has spent his career cozying up to fossil fuel interests, dismissing the threat of climate change and harassing federal climate scientists — is now arguing that pumping the atmosphere full of carbon dioxide is “beneficial” to global trade, crop production and the lushness of the planet.

Rather than buying into “hysteria,” Americans should be celebrating the plus sides of a changing climate, Smith argues in an op-ed published on 24 July 2017 in The Daily Signal, a news website published by the conservative Heritage Foundation [Don’t Believe the Hysteria Over Carbon Dioxide].

Smith — who has used his power as chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology to push his anti-science views — kicks off his op-ed by claiming Americans’ perception of the phenomenon is “too often determined by their hearing just one side of the story.”

“The benefits of a changing climate are often ignored and under-researched,” Smith said. “Our climate is too complex and the consequences of misguided policies too harsh to discount the positive effects of carbon enrichment.” […]

Smith goes as far as to make a case for why a rapidly melting Arctic, which scientists warn could cost tens of trillions of dollars by the end of this century, is a positive thing.

“Also, as the Earth warms, we are seeing beneficial changes to the earth’s geography,” he writes. “For instance, Arctic sea ice is decreasing. This development will create new commercial shipping lanes that provide faster, more convenient, and less costly routes between ports in Asia, Europe, and eastern North America. This will increase international trade and strengthen the world economy.” […]

Michael Mann, a climate scientist at Pennsylvania State University who sparred with Smith during a March hearing on climate science, told HuffPost via email that “it is clear” Smith is “slowly advancing through the stages of denial … having apparently now moved from ‘it’s not happening,’ to ’ok—it’s happening, but IT WILL BE GOOD FOR US!”

“One step at a time I suppose,” Mann wrote, “but at least there is some apparent progress toward the truth (that climate change is real, human-caused, and already a problem).” [more]

House Science Committee Chair Says Climate Change Is A Good Thing


  1. Anonymous said...

    Apparently, Smith's secret trip to the Arctic did not convince him of a damned thing.

    More global greed for the corrupt monsters that run this country.  

  2. Dennis Mitchell said...

    "Climate change is good" and so is terminal cancer. The medical field is a significant percent of our economy, and if people started getting well, well crap, I can't believe we keep voting these idiots into office.  


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