House Republicans just passed a bill forbidding scientists from advising the EPA on their own research – LINDSAY ABRAMS WEDNESDAY, NOV 19, 2014 10:15 PM UTCw

“Same as it ever was.”

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The “reform” measure makes room for industry-funded experts on the EPA’s advisory board

House Republicans just passed a bill forbidding scientists from advising the EPA <em>on their own research</em>

Congressional climate wars were dominated Tuesday by the U.S. Senate, which spent the day debating, and ultimately failing to pass, a bill approving the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. While all that was happening, and largely unnoticed, the House was busy doing what it does best: attacking science.

H.R. 1422, which passed 229-191, would shake up the EPA’s Scientific Advisory Board, placing restrictions on those pesky scientists and creating room for experts with overt financial ties to the industries affected by EPA regulations.

The bill is being framed as a play for transparency: Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Texas, argued that the board’s current structure is problematic because it  “excludes industry experts, but not officials for environmental advocacy groups.” The inclusion of industry experts, he said, would right this injustice.

But the White House, which threatened…

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