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Global climate change fellow Ron Sass recently penned an op-ed in response to statements about climate change made by Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio, the new chair of the House Science and Technology Committee. In a joint subcommittee hearing examining the science and environmental issues of the proposed Keystone pipeline, testimony "clearly misrepresented the accepted science of climate change but lent support to the proposed pipeline," Sass wrote. "Smith has made it all too clear that he favors the Keystone XL pipeline and I grant him the right to pull together whatever he needs to promote his point of view. But, because he is a public servant, I must admonish him to open his mind to all legitimate facts."