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When news broke that Rep. Lizzie Fletcher (D-Texas) had received a seat on the House Science Committee, it raised eyebrows in the scientific and aerospace communities, which were still smarting from her attacks on science. Would she use her position to mend fences with supporters of space science, offended by her campaign’s open mocking of her opponent, John Culberson’s support for the Europa Clipper mission?
Then Fletcher acquired a seat on the House Energy Subcommittee and became chair of the House Environment Subcommittee. The first seemed to be a natural fit. Fletcher dealt with a lot of energy companies when she was a corporate litigator. A lot of energy firm employees live in her district. However, placing someone from Houston in charge of environmental issues seemed to be eccentric at best. A more natural fit would have been the Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee. The Johnson Spaceflight Center is just south of Houston. Houston-based members of Congress traditionally are united in support of NASA.
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Fletcher revealed what she intends to do on the House Science Committee in an interview on Houston’s NPR station. She is going all in on climate change, though not with the same kind of zeal as her fellow freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Her approach seems to consist of “listening” to scientists and other experts and developing clean energy technology. Which scientists and what technology? Fletcher declined to reveal. The interview starts at about the 15-minute point in the broadcast.
On the one hand, getting into the forefront of the climate change issue is a sure method for advancement in the Democratic-controlled House. On the other hand, getting too much in front of the issue would make Fletcher a one-term member of Congress. She has not uttered, at least in public, the words “Green New Deal,” the next big thing in...
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