Guest essay by Eric Worrall
Washington Times reports that a Federal Judge ruled on Monday that the Obama White House showed “Bad Faith”, in how it responded to a request from the Competitive Enterprise Institute for Global Warming Data.
The White House showed “bad faith” in how it handled an open records request for global warming data, a federal court ruled Monday, issuing yet another stinging rebuke to the administration for showing a lack of transparency.
For President Obama, who vowed to run the most transparent government in U.S. history, Judge Amit P. Mehta’s ruling granting legal discovery in an open records case — the third time this year a judge has ordered discovery — is an embarrassing black eye.
In this most recent case, the Competitive Enterprise Institute was trying to force the White House office of science and technology policy to release documents backing up Director John C. Holdren’s finding that global warming was making winters colder — a claim disputed by climate scientists.
Mr. Holdren’s staffers first said they couldn’t find many documents. They then tried to hide their release by saying the documents were all internal or were similar to what was already public.
Each of those claims turned out not to be true.
“At some point, the government’s inconsistent representations about the scope and completeness of its searches must give way to the truth-seeking function of the adversarial process, including the tools available through discovery. This case has crossed that threshold,” the judge wrote.
If the evidence for dangerous global warming is so overwhelming, why did the staff of President Obama’s Science Advisor allegedly behave so badly, trying to hide documents, and trying to think up excuses not to release documents, when the Competitive Enterprise Institute requested a little background material?
It is also intriguing that the Competitive Enterprise Institute is the subject of an Attorney General subpoena so reeking of McCarthyite abuse of power, even proponents of global warming action are horrified at the blatant attack on free speech.
I haven’t located a copy of this latest ruling, but there is more information about this case from the Competitive Enterprise Institute website.
The following is the John Holdren video, the claims in which triggered this chain of events.