Judicial Watch Sues EPA And Commerce Over Withheld Climate FOIA Requests

In case you’ve forgotten, the Obama administration was the most transparent eveh!

(Daily Caller)  A government watchdog group filed suit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for not handing over records related to the “environmental justice” grants the agency hands out to activist groups across the country.

Judicial Watch filed suit Monday after the EPA failed to comply with a 2015 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request seeking records of environmental justice grants and their associated proposals during the Obama administration.

“The Obama EPA’s ‘environmental justice’ slush fund for its left-wing allies needs to be exposed,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement. “This is a simple records request and the fact that the Obama EPA ignored it for years tells you the agency has something to hide.”

They also filed suit over other records

Judicial Watch today announced it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia asking the court to compel the U.S. Department of Commerce to turn over all records of communications between a pair of federal scientists who heavily influenced the Obama administration’s climate change policy and its backing of the Paris Agreement (Judicial Watch v. Department of Commerce (No. 1:17-cv-00541)).

The suit was filed after the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (“NOAA”), a component of the Department of Commerce, failed to respond to a February 6 FOIA request seeking

  • All records of communications between NOAA scientist Thomas Karl and Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy John Holdren.
  • The FOIA request covers the timeframe of January 20, 2009 to January 20, 2017.

Karl, who until last year was director of the NOAA section that produces climate data, the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI), was the lead author of a landmark paper that was reported to have heavily influenced the Paris Agreement.

Holdren, a former director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, director of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, and long-time proponent of strong measures to curb emissions.

Mr. Trump and his appointees should be paying attention, and requiring their departments to release the information. Nothing is worse for the Cult of Climastrology than having their methods and means exposed to sunlight.

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2 Responses to “Judicial Watch Sues EPA And Commerce Over Withheld Climate FOIA Requests”

  1. Hank_M says:

    Judicial Watch is doing the job our so-called MSM should be doing.

  2. Jeffery says:

    Right wingers should be careful what the wish for. trumpy, Flynn, Tillerson, Sessions, Spicey, Pence et al have a few skeletons that will likely be FOIAed! Let’s have all communications originating from Flynn.

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