GOP Lawmakers Challenge White House on ‘Scientific Misconduct’

FoxNew.com
10/20/2011

Several Republican lawmakers are challenging the Obama administration’s science czar over what they claim are repeat incidents of “scientific misconduct” among agencies, questioning whether officials who deal with everything from endangered species to nuclear waste are using “sound science.”

The letter sent Wednesday to John Holdren, director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, cited four specific controversies in recent years where scientific findings were questioned. Sens. David Vitter, R-La., and James Inhofe, R-Okla., and Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., rattled off a slew of questions on what they called “the apparent collapse in the quality of scientific work being conducted at our federal agencies.”

“Specifically, we are concerned with data quality, integrity of methodologies and collection of information, agencies misrepresenting publicly the weight of scientific ‘facts,’ indefensible representations of scientific conclusions before our federal court system, and our fundamental notions of ‘sound’ science,” they wrote. “We identify in this letter important examples of agency scientific misconduct.”

Inhofe spokesman Matt Dempsey told FoxNews.com the issues in the letter had been on Republicans’ radar screen “for some time.” But he said the lawmakers decided to compile them and confront the administration about it out of concern that a “trend” was developing.

“The concern is there’s a lot more there,” he said…

…in a separate letter, the Competitive Enterprise Institute on Tuesday sent a Freedom of Information Act request to Holdren’s office asking for records on coordination between his office and the United Nations climate change panel.

In a statement, the group charged that a U.N. plan would “hide” online correspondence by using non-governmental accounts. CEI urged the White House to use official email channels.

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H/T Jared Law, The 9/12 Project

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