Frankly Lamar, We Do Give a Damn

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F r a n k l y  L a m a r ,  W e  D o  G i v e  a  D a m n

Let me clarify – the guys who interpret those lights on the Apollo mission photos as UFO craft are not tin foil hatters.

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Hats off to Rep. Lamar Smith.

Screen shot 2015-10-10 at 10.16.35 PMYet there are and we do have a true Tin Foil Hatter of the Week.  In fact, this one entity could well be the Tin Foil Hatter of the entire year.  It’s none other than…Ta Da!  The House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, headed by that champion of The Flat Earth Society and Mercenary-in-Chief ,Congressman Lamar Smith (R-Texas).  [Applause! … Kazoo band playing X-Files theme!]  (See “Gone with the Windbags”)

And hats all around for every Republican sitting on that NASA-obliterating, climate-change denying committee.

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House Science, Space and Technology Committee hard at work.

How the Science Committee earned our top honor begins with a story that broke last week in Inside Climate News with details of a new Teabagging Inquisition being set up by the Committee to “torture” a lone but famed climate scientist, Big OJagadish Shukla, for merely suggesting in a private letter to President Obama that Big Oil has lied to the public about global warming.

Jagadish Shukla, Professor of Climate Dynamics speaking at the Building Sustainability and Resiliance Symposium. Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services/George Mason University

Jagadish Shukla, Professor of Climate Dynamics speaking at the Building Sustainability and Resiliance Symposium. Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services/George Mason University

Shukla, who runs a non-profit research organization called the Institute of Global Environment and Society (IGES) located at George Mason University in Virginia, collected 20 signatures by climate scientists from NASA, the National Center for Atmospheric Research, the University of Maryland and other highly regarded institutions, and asked the President if energy corporations could be investigated under the RICO Act (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act of 1970) for purposefully casting doubt on the scientific evidence for climate change. Federal prosecutors used this act on Big Tobacco execs in the late 1990s.

Shukla’s letter was brought to the Committee’s attention when someone leaked it onto Faceybook, causing an “affronted,” enraged Congressman Smith to announce a House Special Investigative Hearing on…Let’s see here…I know we can get him on something… oh yeah! “Misuse of Federal Funds.”  Shukla received a damning letter from Smith on Oct. 1, telling him to gather all papers and emails, and report to the gulag! er, hearing.  Or else.

Shocked by Smith’s letter, Shukla said that he sent his query to Obama as a private, concerned citizen, and had nothing to do with any leak on Faceybook.  “Any allegations of inappropriate behavior are untrue,” he said.

Congressman Smith is obviously trying to cover his derriere and the pasty bare behinds of his Big contributing Oil buddies, for if there were a true investigation, it would not only uncover the lies pouring out of Big Oil, but also the astronomically huge and oily sums passed between the fossil fuel/fracking profiteers and Smith’s greasy grubbing hands.

Meanwhile, Smith and his committee would do well to pay attention to their own fellow lawmakers, which naturally they do not.  Congressional democrats are now imploring NASA to have their Earth monitoring satellites (the few left that Smith and his GOP colleagues haven’t ripped out of NASA’s budget) keep a wary eye on the poisonous algae blooms that have flourished exponentially in Lake Erie.

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Eerily familiar sight – NASA watches toxic algae flourish in Great Lake.

Big Ag pesticides and pollutants are routinely dumped into the waterways of the nation’s heartland, creating toxic algae year-round but which explodes during droughts and the stagnant summer months.  More than a year ago, 400,000 people in Toledo and southeastern Michigan had their drinking water imperiled because of the problem.  Among the senators asking for NASA’s help was (surprise!) a lone Republican, Senator Bob Portman of Ohio (the Ishi of moderate Republicans…).

NASA immediately put the Glenn Research Center in Cleveland on the job, and committed airborne equipment to more intensely monitor lake conditions.

Sorry.  No 24-hour earth monitoring geo-sats available, folks, not even to save our own asses.  Go ask Lamar Smith about it.

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