The new Chair of the Science, Space and Technology Committee’s subcommittee on “investigation and oversight” is a conservative Republican from Georgia who believes anthropogenic climate change is not “settled” science and is a “hoax.” US Rep. Paul Broun (GA-10) recently received attention when an elderly participant in his town hall meeting asked “who is going to shoot Obama?” prompting Broun to laugh and to concur that there is a lot of frustration with the president. (He later said he was shocked by the question.)
Coincidentally there’s a book review forum in the latest Progress in Human Geography of “Why We Disagree about Climate Change: Understanding Controversy, Inaction, and Opportunity” (2009). Responding, Prof. Diana Liverman takes issue with the book’s emphasis on cultural factors and argues that political motivations would provide a better approach. You’d have to say Rep. Broun’s elevation to the science subcommittee would certainly be evidence for that.