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    took up the attack

    (context: ...and right-wing Congressional officials such as Representative Joe Barton of Texas, chairman of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality, took up the attack.
    coming from Science & Technology at Scientific Fiddling While the Planet Burns -- [ SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENTS ] -- <i>Will the </i>Wall Street Journal's <i>editorial writers accept a challenge to learn the truth about the science of global climate c)

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    Re: took up the attack

    They joined in the criticism.

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