Lawmakers, Advocacy Groups Sue Clinton Administration Over ''Junk Science''
July 7, 2008
(CNSNews.com) - The Clinton Administration ignored the law and scientific standards in an effort to complete a global warming report and release it later this month, according to a group of lawmakers and advocacy groups.
Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) said the Administration circumvented the law for purely political reasons.
"The Clinton Administration has conspired to overturn the intent of Congress and evade federal laws in order to release a slanted report on global warming in a transparent effort to help the Gore campaign," Inhofe said at Capitol Hill news conference.
That's why Inhofe joined Representatives Joseph Knollenberg (R-Mich.) and Jo Ann Emerson (R-Mo.), the Competitive Enterprise Institute , Consumer Alert, the 60 Plus Association, and science journalist David Wojick in the lawsuit against President Clinton and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).
The lawmakers and lobbying groups expect to file their lawsuit this month. They say public comment should have been included in the report. Moreover, they accuse the OSTP of using "junk science" to try to substantiate claims of global warming.
In the suit, they accuse the Clinton Administration of breaking a federal law called the Federal Advisory Committees Act that requires policy-making meetings to be open to the public and attended by a designated officer to oversee procedural rules.
The journalist involved in the suit claims these rules were violated when he was asked to leave the meetings and denied access to documents given to other meeting attendees.
The suit further alleges that the administration broke a federal law specifically requiring that the scientific conclusions presented in the report be first put through legitimate scientific experiments and then published in peer-reviewed journals.
"We are asking a court to declare this report unlawful and to require the administration to rewrite it in accord with proper procedures as clearly stipulated in law," said Inhofe.
The global warming report is known as the National Assessment Synthesis Report, or "National Assessment on Climate Change." Originally requested by Congress no later than 1994, the report was supposed to explain the science and the uncertainties surrounding the theory of man-made global warming.
The suit also alleges violations of the U.S. Global Change Research Act, charging that the OSTP wrongfully directed the council drafting the global warming report to expand its work outside the scope of its legal authority and delve into non-scientific, political areas.
The Clinton Administration is also accused of violating a law prohibiting the use of taxpayer money for the release or publishing of the report before the underlying scientific work is complete.
The White House did not return calls seeking comment.