WASHINGTON – Pondering new restrictions on how the Environmental Protection Agency can use scientific data, congressional Republicans are seeking advice from the chemical and fossil fuel industries.
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House Science, Space and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith has alleged that the Obama administration relied on falsified data to justify new regulations, such as limiting carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. The Texas Republican has been a frequent critic of climate science.
Smith called on a panel of witnesses Tuesday to speak at a hearing titled "Making EPA Great Again" in support of several industry-backed measures. Though similar bills failed in the past under the threat of vetoes by Obama, Republicans hope they could have new life under President Donald Trump as part of a broader effort to roll back EPA regulations.