Update February 11, 2011: Harrison Schmitt withdraws from New Mexico enviro position. See:
You will have heard of Harrison Schmitt. He’s the former astronaut/United States senator from Arizona who’s been selected by the New Mexico governor–essentially–to oversee the environment in New Mexico. He’s also a climate change denier who thinks that when the Soviet Union fell, all the commies became environmentalists.
No kidding. Even those guys in NASA where he used to work, I guess.
In Arizona and New Mexico the lunatic fringe just became mainstream.
Schmitt also is on record for saying that the Artic [sic] ice is growing, and that in 2009 there was more Artic [sic] sea ice than in 1989. (Harrison Schmitt’s spelling of “Artic” led the pundits to label this little affair Articgate.)
Harrison Schmitt apparently gets his climate information from the right-wing propaganda machine called the Heartland Institute.
The following diagram puts Heartland’s analysis of “Artic” ice in context.
Can anyone say “cherry-pickin'”?
If Harrison Schmitt represents the environment then they’re in trouble in New Mexico.