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ICYMI: House leadership rebukes science

Something shocking happened recently in Congress, and you probably didn't hear about it. This time, not only are climate change deniers refusing to listen to science—they want to stop others from hearing it as well.

Last year, in both the House and Senate, bipartisan legislation created a Science Laureate post—an unpaid, honorary position that would be filled by "a nationally renowned expert in their field who would travel around the country to inspire future scientists."

Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), the Chairman of the House Science Committee and a co-sponsor of the bill, said, "Scientific discovery fuels the innovation that keeps our economy strong... An effective Science Laureate will not only be an accomplished scientist, but a role model who inspires students to pursue advanced degrees in science, math and engineering."

But when the bipartisan bill was set to come up for a vote this month, it faced some unexpected challenges. House leadership pulled the bill after receiving a letter from climate-denying organizations who were concerned the President would appoint someone "who will share his view" on issues like climate change.

That's right: Speaker Boehner—an unabashed climate denier—and leaders in the House pulled the bill designed to promote science over concern that the Science Laureate would be one of the 97% of scientists who believe in climate change.

Science doesn't wait for Congress, though. This Friday, the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will release a new report on the science of climate change. Hopefully this time the climate change deniers in Congress will listen. It's up to us to stand up to anti-science members of Congress. Join us today and say you'll act on climate.

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