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Once upon a time New Mexico had a real Congressman (Joe Skeen) and a real Senator (Harrison Schmitt).  If the name is familiar it should be.  Jack Schmitt was the last man to walk on the moon. I had the opportunity to work with him several times when I was a lobbyist and he was still in the Senate.

In the years following his much un-warranted defeat, Schmitt has kept a very low profile.  Until recently. Proving he is still a good Republican, he unloaded on Global Warming.  He said humans have not caused Global Warming.  Further, he said that scientists are being intimidated and harassed if they disagree with the theory.

“…”They’ve seen too many of their colleagues lose grant funding when they haven’t gone along with the so-called political consensus that we’re in a human-caused global warming,” Schmitt said.

Dan Williams, publisher with the Chicago-based Heartland Institute, which is hosting the climate change conference, said he invited Schmitt after reading about his resignation from The Planetary Society, a nonprofit dedicated to space exploration.

Schmitt resigned after the group blamed global warming on human activity. In his resignation letter, the 74-year-old geologist argued that the “global warming scare is being used as a political tool to increase government control over American lives, incomes and decision making.”

Williams said Heartland is skeptical about the crisis that people are proclaiming in global warming.

“Not that the planet hasn’t warmed. We know it has or we’d all still be in the Ice Age,” he said. “But it has not reached a crisis proportion and, even among us skeptics, there’s disagreement about how much man has been responsible for that warming.”

Schmitt said historical documents indicate average temperatures have risen by 1 degree per century since around 1400 A.D., and the rise in carbon dioxide is because of the temperature rise.

Schmitt also said geological evidence indicates changes in sea level have been going on for thousands of years. He said smaller changes are related to changes in the elevation of land masses — for example, the Great Lakes are rising because the earth’s crust is rebounding from being depressed by glaciers….”

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