Uber Climate Denier to Quit Congress

November 2, 2017

The number one enemy of science in the House of Representatives was chairman of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee. Announced today he is retiring.

Another rat deserting the ship?

Texas Tribune:

U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio, is retiring from Congress, two sources close to the congressman told The Texas Tribune on Thursday. Smith confirmed the decision in a conference call later in the day.

“For several reasons, this seems like a good time to pass on the privilege of representing the 21st District to someone else,” he wrote in an email obtained by the Tribune. “… With over a year remaining in my term, there is still much to do. There is legislation to enact, dozens of hearings to hold and hundreds of votes to cast.”

Smith, a San Antonio native, received his undergraduate degree from Yale and attended law school at Southern Methodist University. He was elected to Congress in 1987 and represents a district that spans Austin, San Antonio and the Texas Hill Country. He is the current chairman of the U.S. House Science, Space and Technology Committee.

Like U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling, the House Financial Services chairman who announced his retirement on Tuesday, Smith faced a term-limit in that role.

“Quite frankly, there’s nothing else I would rather be doing,” Smith said of his time in Congress during a conference call with reporters Tuesday afternoon. But he attributed part of the decision to the chairman term-limit issue, saying he felt “relieved.”

When asked if the toxic political environment contributed to his decision, he was emphatic.

“No, it had no impact on my decision whatsoever,” he said.



5 Responses to “Uber Climate Denier to Quit Congress”

  1. realthog Says:

    One of the greatest obstacles to the progress of US — and world — science is planning to depart the scene. There could be no better news.

    Next, let us pray, that evil sociopathic scumbag Pruitt.

  2. ubrew12 Says:

    “I’ve decided to get out before the sh8t hits the fan”
    Spoken like a REAL modern Republican.
    Hey, Lamar: hug your grandkids. Tell them about the guys in white hats ridding the land of the Indians. And, of course, about how this was once range-land rather than desert. Why shouldn’t they buy into the same medieval mythology that YOU did?

  3. Job done, fulfilled the wishes of his paymasters.
    Now to vanish rather than face the consequences, don’t let him vanish
    His record will stand in infamy and he will be held accountable for the consequences

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