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. http://1.usa.gov/1dtyyiN
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. http://bit.ly/1ijoLjw
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 http://www.epw.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Minority.PressReleases&ContentRecord_id=8c1a4f79-eca0-f9d2-9636-b7286f3389a5 ) aimed at derailing tougher smog standards.