The head of the House science committee falsely claimed the National Science Foundation funds “more than twice as many graduate students in the social and behavioral sciences as in computer science, mathematics or material science.”
Rep. Lamar Smith said climate change “alarmists” ignore the “positive impacts” of more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, such as increased food production and quality. But the impact of increased CO2 levels on agriculture is more complicated than that — and, on balance, likely negative, particularly in the future.
SciCheck writer Dave Levitan of FactCheck.org was interviewed by Ira Flatow for a segment on Science Friday about the 10th International Conference on Climate Change.
Levitan and Flatow discussed a claim from Sen. James Inhofe about the polar bear population, as well as claims from Rep. Lamar Smith about global temperatures and the influence of climate change on extreme weather patterns.
Levitan’s segment begins at the 5:15 mark and ends at 10:25:
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