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The House Science Committee held a hearing this morning to validate its overreaching subpoenas of 9 nonprofit organizations, including the Union of Concerned Scientists. Photo: Gretchen Goldman
The House Science Committee held a hearing this morning to validate its overreaching subpoenas of 9 nonprofit organizations, including the Union of Concerned Scientists. Photo: Gretchen Goldman

House Science Committee Holds Hearing on Its Own Authority: Chairman Smith Circles the Wagons

, lead analyst, Center for Science and Democracy

This morning the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology held a hearing to discuss its legal authority to issue subpoenas its Chairman had already issued.  Yes, you read that correctly. House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith held a hearing this morning to investigate his own investigation. And the hearing was as bizarre as that sounds. Read more >

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My Education in Climate-Denial Jujitsu

Maryam Zaringhalam, , UCS

“If we aren’t going to listen to the experts when we craft our bills, I’m really not sure what we’re doing here,” said Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) as I took my seat in the chambers of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology on Thursday, July 7th. I wasn’t surprised to hear her say it. The Republican-dominated Committee has long been hostile to expert opinion—particularly on mainstream climate science—to the frustration of the minority Democrats. Read more >

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House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith Defends ExxonMobil, Subpoenas Union of Concerned Scientists: An FAQ

, lead analyst, Center for Science and Democracy

Today House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith sent congressional subpoenas to several attorneys general and nonprofit organizations—including the Union of Concerned Scientists—demanding access to correspondence among these groups and between these groups and the attorneys general offices. Read more >

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Abuse of Power: ExxonMobil, Chairman Lamar Smith, and the First Amendment

, lead analyst, Center for Science and Democracy

Yesterday the New York Times printed a full-page advertisement sponsored by the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), a free-market think tank that has been funded by ExxonMobil and has regularly misrepresented climate science. The ad reads in large font “Abuse of Power” followed by discussion of free speech rights of companies, nonprofits, and individuals to disagree on climate change. The ad claims that attorneys general in several states and the US Virgin Islands are overstepping their roles in investigating ExxonMobil for possible fraud. Read more >

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What Do Fetal Tissue and Climate Have in Common? Silencing of Science and Scientists

, senior analyst and program manager, Center for Science and Democracy

Taking a page from the House Science Committee chairman’s harassment of NOAA scientists, the majority staff of a special ‘House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives’ recently issued more than a dozen subpoenas to medical organizations to turn in, among other documents, all communication and documents relating to any study involving any fetal tissue (emphasis added). Read more >

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