Friday, January 7, 2011

Ex-astronaut Schmitt gets energy post


"SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Former astronaut Harrison "Jack" Schmitt, who walked on the moon and served in the U.S. Senate, was nominated Thursday by Gov. Susana Martinez to run a state agency that oversees energy production in New Mexico."...

..."Martinez said one of Schmitt's first assignments is to review the energy agency's regulations, including rules adopted by former Gov. Bill Richardson's administration in 2008 that restrict the use of pits for onsite waste disposal at drilling sites. The oil industry has objected to the regulations, saying they partly to blame for a slowdown in drilling in New Mexico."...

..."Schmitt said New Mexico has been "ill served" by regulations during the Richardson administration, contending that jobs in the energy industry have moved to other states.

"Nature endowed New Mexico with an extraordinary abundance of natural resources ... and we do have an obligation, not only to the state but to its citizens, to make sure that those resources are properly employed not only for the creation of jobs but for the preservation of the legacy that they provide us for the future," Schmitt said. He will receive a salary of $105,000, down $3,000 from what the department secretary made during the Richardson administration.

The agency also manages state parks and administers forestry, mining reclamation and renewable energy programs.

Schmitt, who has a doctorate in geology from Harvard University, disagrees with scientists who contend humans are causing global warming.

In resigning from The Planetary Society in 2008, Schmitt wrote "the 'global warming scare' is being used as a political tool to increase government control over American lives, incomes and decision making."'...More>>>>

Question: What is Schmitt's ideology?

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