The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been arguing for years that the presence of small particulates, things like diesel engine emissions and the smokestack vapor from coal-fired power plants, is killing Americans. That premise is a large part of Barack Obama’s stated intent to shut down coal operations and put coal miners out of work, a goal toward which he’s made great strides as president.

But now a team of scientists is calling for the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences to punish the “scientific misconduct” by the EPA in its research on the issue. Because it either was misconduct – or else the EPA is pushing a campaign based on a lie, they explain. Officials with the Heartland Institute discussed the EPA’s new and troubling dilemma in an email. READ MORE