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It’s not anti-science to expect government agencies to pursue honest, legitimate agenda

RE “Pushing back against science deniers” (Editorial, Feb. 14): No matter how many times The Boston Globe says I am a climate denier, that statement will continue to be untrue. I have never denied that carbon emissions contribute to climate change — the question is to what extent. For example, recent assertions that extreme weather events are linked to climate change have been debunked by the government’s own data. I will continue to support technological innovations over government regulations as the best way to address climate change.

The Globe also criticizes my efforts to promote scientific integrity at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology’s inquiry into the 2015 Karl study, which allegedly showed no pause in global warming, was launched as a result of information presented by a whistle-blower, not because I “didn’t like” the findings. In fact, NOAA just announced its own investigation of the study.

We in Congress have a responsibility to ensure that government agencies are open and honest and are pursuing a legitimate scientific agenda, not a politically correct one.

Representative Lamar Smith

Washington, D.C.

The writer represents the 21st District of Texas and is chairman of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee.