Climate Denier Schmitt Withdraws from New Mexico nomination

February 11, 2011

Climate Denier Harrison “Jack” Schmitt, who was recently nominated to head New Mexico’s Department of Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department, has turned down the position. Schmitt had recently come under scrutiny for his statements denying the reality of man-caused climate change, and his claim that environmentalists are a part of a global communist conspiracy.

Schmitt’s recent claims, in particular, his demonstrably innacurate claims about arctic sea ice,  became the focus of attention from a number of scientists, journalists, bloggers and citizens.

He has now turned down the position, ” just hours after a state senator called out Schmitt for refusing to comply with all the rules of a required background check” according to the Washington Post.

Could it be that Dr. Schmitt’s withdrawal is the first significant victory for a burgeoning effort to push back at the climate denying, anti-science movement?

Having watched this effort’s phenomenal growth over recent months, I’m betting the answer is yes.

From the Albuquerque Journal:

Harrison Schmitt, a former NASA astronaut who was chosen by Gov. Susana Martinez to head up the state’s Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department, has withdrawn his nomination after a squabble with the Senate Rules Committee over background checks.

Martinez’s office just announced the news, which comes slightly more than one month since Schmitt’s appointment was first announced.

Schmitt, who’s also a former U.S. senator, faced a bumpy confirmation process in the state Senate due to his outspoken views on climate change and other subjects. However, few people, if any, expected him to withdraw his nomination.

Here’s a statement from Martinez that attempts to explain the situation:

“Senator Schmitt was willing to allow a private investigator access to his personal information, but he was not willing to waive that investigator’s liability for any improper actions or use of that information. While one can understand Senator Schmitt’s concerns, complying with the Legislature’s request is necessary to restore public confidence in state government. That’s why I am requiring all my cabinet secretary designees to comply with that request and this has led to Senator Schmitt withdrawing his nomination

5 Responses to “Climate Denier Schmitt Withdraws from New Mexico nomination”

  1. bluecloud9 Says:

    Another one bites the dust.

    Of course there are plenty more paid-up deniers, and lots of loons who would gladly deny climate change, or anything that they see as threatening their way of life.

    Like so many zombie arguments, these people keep popping up, but they will start running thin on the ground if they keep on like this.

  2. adelady Says:

    Just keep right on whacking.

    Perhaps a few more moles will resist the urge to put their heads up.


  3. […] “skeptics” now call themselves “deniers.”  Harrison Schmitt, who recently withdrew his nomination from a New Mexico cabinet position, famously referred to himself as a true […]


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