Hexbyte Tech News Wired The House Science Committee May Soon Become… Pro-Science

Hexbyte Tech News Wired

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Rep. Bill Foster, an Illinois Democrat and particle physicist, hopes that the House will finally start taking environmental science seriously.

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Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired

Rep. Bill Foster, an Illinois Democrat and particle physicist, hopes that the House will finally start taking environmental science seriously.

Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call/Getty Images

For the past eight years, climate science has been under a sort of spell in the House of Representatives. Instead of trying to understand it better or even acknowledging some of the field’s current uncertainties, House Science Committee Chairman Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) used his position to harass federal climate scientists with subpoenas while holding hearings on “Making the EPA Great Again” or whether “global warming theories are alarmist” and researchers are pursuing a “personal agenda.”

But Smith retired this year and Democrats won control of the House on Tuesday. Now some on Capitol Hill say that the anti-climate science spell may be broken.

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