Today, PajamasMedia reports that Senator James Inhofe (R-OK), a ranking member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, asked the Obama administration to investigate what he called “the greatest scientific scandal of our generation” — the actions of climate scientists revealed by the Climategate Files, and the subsequent admissions by the editors of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth Assessment Report (AR4).
Specifically, Inhofe asks that:
- The Department of Justice to investigate whether there has been research misconduct or criminal actions by the scientists involved, including Dr. Michael Mann of Pennsylvania State University and Dr. James Hansen of Columbia University and the NASA Goddard Institute of Space Science.
- Former Vice President Al Gore to be called back to the Senate to testify: “In [Gore’s] science fiction movie, every assertion has been rebutted.” Inhofe believes Gore should defend himself and his movie before Congress.
Senator Inhofe’s announcement today appears to be the first time a member of Congress has formally called for an investigation into research misconduct and potential criminal acts by the scientists involved.
To read the rest of the PajamasMedia article, go HERE.
At the same time, Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to obtain documents related to Obama’s Special Assistant on Energy and Climate Carol Browner and her role in crafting official U.S. climate policy. Browner, who was never subjected to Senate confirmation, reportedly served as the Obama administration’s point person in secret negotiations to establish automobile emission standards and also participated in negotiations involving cap and trade legislation. Judicial Watch specifically seeks all records of communications, contacts, or correspondence between Browner and the EPA or Energy Department concerning:
- Negotiations and/or discussions among the auto industry, the State of California, and agencies of the United States with respect to fuel-standards/auto emissions for the time period between January 20, 2009 and June 1, 2009; and
- Negotiations/discussions with respect to cap and trade legislation for the time period between June 1, 2009 and October 1, 2009.
According to press reports, Ms. Browner instructed individuals involved in auto emissions negotiations to “put nothing in writing, ever.” The New York Times reported that Browner made every effort to “keep their discussions as quiet as possible.”
The EPA is stonewalling Judicial Watch’s FOIA request. Subsequent to filing its lawsuit on February 18, Judicial Watch received a letter from the Energy Department (dated February 17) in which the agency denied that it had any documents responsive to Judicial Watch’s FOIA requests.
Judicial Watch’s FOIA requests involving Ms. Browner are part of a large-scale investigation of President Obama’s so-called “czars” — especially those who have not been subject to the Senate confirmation process but who nonetheless seem to exercise authority in a way that raises constitutional questions. Judicial Watch has filed a FOIA request with the Office of Management and Budget as well as requests with each separate “czar” office as part of its investigation. Judicial Watch’s Presiddent Tom Fitton explains:
“Here we have an Obama administration ‘czar’ conducting secret meetings and instructing participants to avoid producing a written record. This is the perfect storm for corruption: concentrated executive power with no congressional oversight and no transparency. This stonewall on the ‘Climate Czar’ documents seems yet another chapter in the Climategate scandal.”
Let the accountability for what may be the greatest fraud perpetrated on America and the world begin!