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Christopher Flavelle

Republicans' 'Secret Science' Bill Isn't What You Think

Republicans are on a tear about duplicity. At least that means they have a sense of humor.
Sensationalism cells.

Sensationalism cells.

Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg

Republicans, while still pretend-raging at the "duplicity" revealed by Jonathan Gruber, are preparing for a House vote tomorrow on the Secret Science Reform Act, which aims to do one thing while purporting to do something else entirely. Congress may not be productive, but at least it has a sense of humor.

The bill would prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from issuing regulations "based upon science that is not transparent or reproducible" -- that's the "secret science." Rules must reflect information that is available "in a manner that is sufficient for independent analysis and substantial reproduction of research results."