Congressional Democrats have voiced their displeasure with the EPA with a flurry of letters recently.
While chair of the House Science Committee, Lamar Smith led unprecedented investigations of federal climate scientists.
At a House Science Committee hearing on states' role in EPA rule-making, Republicans lamented a supposed parent-child relationship between the federal agency and its state-level counterparts.
Tuesday's hearing was a show-trial against the Paris Agreement. Andrew Steer appeared for the defense.
Basic research can seem wasteful, but politicians should resist the temptation to set science’s priorities.