The Hill News, described as the newspaper "for and about Congress", says the following:
It is decidedly odd to suggest that Barton, who as Energy Committee chairman is tasked with helping shape the nation’s energy policy, should not have any oversight of the science increasingly used to justify “¢’¬? indeed demand “¢’¬? a radical change in that very policy. Failure to look into the science would constitute an abnegation of that duty. So Barton is right on the core argument.
The article goes on to say:
Barton has emerged rapidly as one of the toughest chairmen in the House, unafraid of rolling his shoulders and using his elbows when he thinks it is necessary to expand or protect his domain. He is helped in this by an apparent indifference to getting good press and by having seemingly absorbed a version of Machiavelli’s dictum that it is more important for political leaders to be feared than to be liked. The manner in which his office dismissed Boehlert’s demand was instructive. Larry Neal, Barton’s spokesman, told the Post, “Chairman Barton appreciates heated lectures from Reps. Boehlert and [Henry] Waxman [the California Democrat also complained about Barton’s investigation], two men who share a passion for global warming. We regret that our little request for data has given them a chill.” That’s what diplomats call a full and frank exchange of views. Boehlert’s letter was abrupt; Barton’s reply was repayment with interest “¢’¬? perhaps sparked by the feeling that an A committee chairman should be free of bothersome demands from C committee counterparts. Turf battles are nothing new on Capitol Hill; they are as old as the committee system itself. It has taken Chairman Barton a remarkably short time to demonstrate that he has a taste for this form of combat.
Most of us were probably unaware that there were "A" and "C" House committees or which committees were which. The full link is here. Also see Answers to House Committee on Cross-Validation Statistics, Title to MBH98 Source Code, MBH98 Source Code: Cross-validation R2 and Cross-Validation R2 Reference.