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FACTSHEET: Harrison H. Schmitt

DETAILS

Chairman Emeritus
Apollo Astronaut Arizona Senator (R) Board of Directors, Heartland Institute

Dr. Schmitt is a former astronaut. In 1976 he was elected to the US Senate from New Mexico and served on the following Committees: Chairman of the Subcommittee on Science, Technology and Space of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Rural Housing and Development of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs and Financial Institutions, and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Legislation and Rights of Americans of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. Schmitt is also affiliated with Annapolis Center for Science-Based Public Policy, which contends global warming is not the result of burning fossil fuels. Schmitt also sits on the Board of Directors of the Heartland Institute, which has hosted 6 conferences attacking climate change science.

Schmitt was chosen by New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez (R) to run the state’s Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources department in January 2011.

Dr. Schmitt received his B.S. (1957) from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), a Fulbright Fellowship at the University of Oslo (1957-1958), a Kennecott Fellowship in geology at Harvard University (1958-1959), and his Ph.D. (1964) in geology from Harvard.

QUOTES

Consensus, as many have said, merely represents the absence of definitive science. You know as well as I, the “global warming scare” is being used as a political tool to increase government control over American lives, incomes and decision making. It has no place in the Society’s activities.
Source: thinkprogress.org Harrison Schmitt

In Antarctica, it looks like the total volume (of ice) is increasing and if that’s true, that’s probably why you’re getting increased ice moving away from the center of the continent and therefore these big icebergs and stuff are breaking off.
Source: thinkprogress.org Harrison Schmitt

DEEDS

Dr. Schmitt is an avid climate denier and has participated in multiple conferences and talks on climate skepticism hosted by the Heartland Institute.
Source: Harrison Schmitt Desmogblog

Schmitt is one of 16 scientists who signed a Wall Street Journal opinion piece titled "No Need to Panic About Global Warming"
Source: "No Need to Panic About Global Warming" Wall Street Journal

Harrison Schmitt was a keynote speaker at both the Heartland Institute's 2009 and 2010 International Conference on Climate Change. Heartland describes the conference as "a platform for scientists and policy analysts from around the world who question the theory that global warming is a crisis."
Source: DeSmog Blog profile Harrison Schmitt

EVENTS

Heartland Climate Conference 6
http://climateconference.heartland.org/about-2/speakers/
6th International Conference on Climate Change sponsored by the Heartland Institute
The relationship of Harrison H. Schmitt to the event: speaker

ORGANIZATIONS

Annapolis Center for Science-Based Public Policy
Source: Annapolis Center website 3/04

Heartland Institute
Source: Heartland 2010 Climate Conference Speaker List

CO2 Coalition
Source: Desmog profile of CO2 Coalition

SOURCES

Annapolis Center website 3/04
http://www.annapoliscenter.org

Heartland 2010 Climate Conference Speaker List
More than 70 speakers will make keynote presentations or participate in panel discussions at the Fourth International Conference on Climate Change, May 16-18, 2010 in Chicago.
http://www.heartland.org/events/2010Chicago/speakers.html

thinkprogress.org Harrison Schmitt

Harrison Schmitt Desmogblog
http://www.desmogblog.com/harrison-schmitt

"No Need to Panic About Global Warming" Wall Street Journal
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204301404577171531838421366.html?mod=WSJ_WSJ_News_BlogsModule

DeSmog Blog profile Harrison Schmitt
http://www.desmogblog.com/harrison-schmitt

Desmog profile of CO2 Coalition
http://www.desmogblog.com/co2-coalition