Thursday, May 4, 2017

Science Nerd Hopes to Unseat Congress' Most Detested Science Denier

When Derrick Crowe moved back to Texas after working on Capitol Hill for six years, he thought that he was done with national politics.
Science nerd, Derrick Crowe, and climate
 change denier, Lamar Smith (right).
"Having worked on the Hill extensively, you get a pretty good idea what life is like if you're a member of Congress," says Crowe, who served as congressional staffer for House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Rep. Charlie Stenholm (D-TX), and Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA). "It's a difficult life, and it's difficult for your family."

Nevertheless, the 36-year-old native Texan and self-proclaimed "science nerd" now finds himself reentering the political stage, this time running for Congress himself in a climate-oriented campaign to unseat one of the most ardent climate change deniers in Washington, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX).

"Things have gone too far in this district and in this country for me to stand on the sidelines," says Crowe in a statement announcing his bid for Texas's 21st Congressional District—an area that includes parts of Austin, San Antonio, and a large swath of the Texas Hill Country. "We don't have much time to avoid truly catastrophic impacts by changing our behavior and energy use here in the United States," he says. "And Lamar Smith is blocking every single one of those efforts.”

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