Harrison Schmitt – Politics

Gene Cernan, last footprints on the moon, dies at 82

Although I never knew Eugene Cernan, I feel a special closeness to him. He is my generation. He fulfilled my childhood dream. With him, was Harrison Schmitt, geologist extraordinaire, my 1957 classmate at Caltech who taught me the difference between orthoclase and plagioclase in freshman geology class. – Ed Read more on Jack Schmitt’s website. …

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The Strategic Importance of Exploration to America

by Senator Harrison H. Schmitt, Apollo 17, AmericasUncommonSense.com Major national milestones have occurred with the recent passing of Neil Armstrong, the first man to step on the Moon, and this month’s 40th Anniversary of Apollo 17, America’s last mission of exploration to that small planet. They provide an opportunity to examine how great ventures play …

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Major Constitutional Limits on Climate Change Policy

by Harrison H. Schmitt, Apollo 17 Moonwalker, AmericasUncommonSense.com The Constitution of the United States of America sets clear limits on the powers of the Federal Government and permits exercise of those powers only in specifically enumerated activities that relate to providing for the “common defence“, promoting the “general Welfare“, and securing “the Blessings of Liberty” …

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Obama’s Anti-Keystone Pipeline Decision: Unconstitutional Energy Policy

by Harrison H. Schmitt, AmericasUncommonSense Conscious and deliberate decisions by President Obama and his Administration reduce future domestic supplies of energy. These actions violate the President’s constitutional mandate to “provide for the common Defence.” The withholding of approval for the development of the Keystone Pipeline to bring Canadian crude oil to refineries in the United …

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America’s Deep Space Vision: Settlement of the Moon and Mars versus Asteroid Visits

I almost cry when I read these articles by my friend Jack Schmitt. We are colleagues who have seen the best of America and then the decline of America. Will the vast majority of Americans ever realize what they have lost and still can regain? – Ed by Harrison H. Schmitt, Apollo 17 Astronaut, Americas Uncommon …

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1906 American Antiquities Act is an Unconstitutional Land Grab

by Harrison H. Schmitt, Americas Uncommon Sense Had modern extreme conservation beliefs been in ascendancy during the 18th and 19th Centuries, there would have been no transfer of Western Lands into private or State hands. The negative consequences of such a different history to the wellbeing of Americans and the world would have been enormous. …

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Obama’s America Cedes the Moon and deep space to China

by Harrison H. Schmitt, Apollo 17 Astronaut The 42nd Anniversary of the humankind’s first lunar landing by Apollo 11 on July 20, 2011, followed by the return of STS-135 on the next day, concluding the final flight of a United States Space Shuttle, places a capstone on the remarkable accomplishments of the post-Apollo generations of space …

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Freedom of Speech

by Harrison H. Schmitt, America’s Uncommon Sense, July 15, 2011 The Roberts’ Supreme Court has become an important if erratic supporter of the 1st Amendment’s protection of political speech. Future decisions should begin to reverse many previous, adverse election law restrictions on political speech upheld in the past, such as banning independent political advertising before …

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Dismantle NASA and Create a New, Deep Space Exploration Agency

by Harrison H. Schmitt, America’s Last Moonwalker The present article is the Preface to a special booklet entitled Space Policy and the Constitution with a Foreword written by Michael D. Griffin, NASA Administrator (2005-2009).  You may download this booklet here. On May 25, 1961, President John F. Kennedy announced to a special joint session of …

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Conservatives must reign in the FED

by Harrison H. Schmitt Debt Limit The fiscal house of the United States of America burns. Liberals and the President fiddle. Conservatives in the House and Senate therefore have an obligation to their voters and all Americans to not increase the Debt Limit of the Federal Government without significant progress toward fiscal sanity. Agreement to …

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Liberals are shutting down America

by Harrison H. Schmitt Budget and National Debt If not now, when? If not the House, who? These two questions lie at the core of the budget challenge faced by conservatives in Congress. The liberal/moderate spending agenda in healthcare, bailouts, unemployment, and so-called “stimuli” is unsustainable as well as largely unconstitutional.

America Needs a National Energy Plan

by Harrison H. Schmitt The constitutional mandate for a rational, scientific, and economically sound national energy plan lies in its close modern relationship to the constitutionally mandated “common Defence“.  Dependence on foreign sources of oil, and therefore transportation fuels, limits both near and long-term national security options. That dependence also creates an economic burden to …

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Constitutional Limits on Regulatory Government

by Harrison Schmitt, America’s Uncommon Sense Regulatory intrusions into the social and economic fabric of America have reached crisis levels in their attack on individual and collective freedom. Recent actions by the Obama Administration in placing regulatory limits on healthcare, the Internet, the use of public lands, transportation, energy production and transmission, and financial transactions …

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Constitution Justifies Selected Federally Funded Research

by Harrison H. Schmitt The Founders understood the importance of science and technology in the long-term future of the United States. Without science and engineering advancement, in the face of advancement by others, America could not compete with our ideological and economic challengers. Imagine our world if, before America, Nazi Germany had atomic weapons or …

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Dominating Role Of Oceans In Climate Change

by Harrison Schmitt See Related Releases of February 22, July 2, 14, 19, and 24, 2010 The scientific rationale behind the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed massive intrusion into American life in the name of fighting climate change has no scientific or constitutional justification. This hard left excursion into socialism, fully supported by the Congressional Leadership …

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