The following is an excerpt from Time.com | November 2, 2017 |
(WASHINGTON) — Rep. Lamar Smith, a climate change skeptic who chairs the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, announced Thursday he won’t run for re-election, making his 16th term in office his last.
Smith, a Texas Republican, said in a statement “this seems like a good time to pass on the privilege of representing the 21st District to someone else.”
Smith completes his term as chairman of the science committee at the end of 2018. The committee has jurisdiction over federal agencies that have a major focus on research and development, such as NASA and the Department of Energy.
As chairman, he’s voiced skepticism that climate change is caused by human behavior, saying that the Obama administration engaged in alarmism to promote an extreme climate agenda. Smith said at a hearing earlier this year that “much of climate science today appears to be based more on exaggerations, personal agendas and questionable predictions than on the scientific method.”
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