The former Senator from Alaska was one of five killed in the crash of a small plane on which were nine people. Former NASA Administrator Sean O’Keefe is among those who may or may not have. NPR is reporting this.
Earlier in his career, Stevens was an AGW denialist, but later got on board and began to support legislation to curb human impacts on climate. Then, later, he became a “The glacier is coming anyway” denialist, but mostly slipped into incoherent babbling when it came to climate change.
The crash apparently happened yesterday, and for some time today reports as to whether or not Stevens was killed in the crash were conflicting.
The crash occurred near Dillington, Alaska.
Stevens was the longest serving Republican Senator and is famous for his “Bridge to Nowhere” and his characterization of The Internet as “A series of tubes.”
He was defeated in 2008 by Democrat Mark Begich following his conviction on corruption charges. This was Steven’s second plane crash. His first was at Anchorage International Airport (later renamed “Ted Stevens Airport”) in 1978. His first wife was killed in that crash.