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A top Republican is threatening the head of the government's climate research arm with criminal prosecution if the agency does not hand over materials related to a climate change study that shows there has been no "pause" in global warming.

Texas Republican Rep. Lamar Smith, chairman of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, sent a letter to the head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Wednesday asking for all correspondence between the agency and outside sources about the study's release.

Smith has been trying to get answers from the agency for months. NOAA fired back last week saying it has provided documents and briefings to science committee staff, and that in its opinion has met all the requirements of a recent subpoena sent by Smith.

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