Thursday, March 20, 2014

ICYMI: An Odious and Quite Naked Attempt by a Polluter-Friendly Congressman to Intimidate EPA Science Advisers

This letter, by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), Chairman of the House Committee on Science, appears to be a pretty naked attempt to intimidate EPA's science advisers -- and the EPA itself -- on the eve of an important science adviser meeting to review EPA's efforts to update and toughen national smog standards.

Smith -- should we mention? -- is a darling of the oil industry, which seeks to block EPA from setting tougher smog standards. Recent campaign contributors include Koch Industries, ExxonMobil, and American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, among others, according to Federal Election Commission data cited by the Center for Responsive Politics.

Yes, this is all part of a polluter-driven D.C. game (as was another polluter-driven report released yesterday by another oil industry favorite, Senator Vitter ) aimed at derailing tougher smog standards.

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