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Lamar Smith (R-TX) doubts that meteors actually exist

walterbyrd (182728) writes | about a year and a half ago

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walterbyrd writes "Gotta love Lamar Smith (R-TX), who will serve as chairman of the Committee on Science, Space and Technology. For those not familar with Lamar, Lamar smith is also: STEM Jobs Acts author, SOPA author, climate change skeptic, DMCA and PCIP supporter, and -now- meteor doubter.

“The media has been in something of a frenzy recently on this whole topic of meteors,” said chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas). “I think it’s irresponsible of them to frighten the public about something that, at the end of the day, may be about as real as unicorns.”

Rep. Smith said that he had seen recent reports of the “so-called Russian meteor” of last week, but added, “Maybe it’s the scientific skeptic in me, but this ‘meteor’ may just have been a bunch of fireworks that some Siberian fellow set off after drinking a little too much Stoli. It is winter, after all, and that’s how those folks keep warm.”

The Texas congressman said that he and other meteor doubters are worried that scientists had “a vested interest” in convincing people that meteors are real: “They want the government to spend more money on science, and, let me tell you, that is the last thing the Science Committee is going to do.”"

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Soulskill (1459) | about a year and a half ago | (#42951427)

Given some of the other science-related statements by certain politicians lately, this seems like it could be true. But the 'Borowitz Report' column of the New Yorker is satirical, not unlike The Onion. Smith actually seems interested in funding more space science [ohsonline.com] .

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