Another climate scandal brewingby Jonathan DuHamel on Oct. 19, 2011, under Climate change, Politics
“The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request today with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), run by controversial White House Science Adviser (and former Mitt Romney climate adviser) John Holdren. The FOIA request seeks records involving an apparently co-ordinated effort between OSTP and the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to subvert and circumvent U.S. law.”
The scheme involves an attempt to circumvent Freedom of Information requests by hiding official correspondence on climate change on non-government sites in the hope that it would not have to be disclosed. CEI alleges, “This represents politically assisting the IPCC to enable UN, EU and U.S. bureaucrats and political appointees avoid official email channels for specific official work of high public interest, performed on official time and using government computers, away from the prying eyes of increasingly skeptical taxpayers.” See more information on this story here.
See a list and links to 94 “climategate” scandals here.
This situation adds more fuel to the contention that the IPCC is a political body with a very tenuous relation to science. That theme is expanded in a new book; see my review here.