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WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.) announced today that he has joined in filing a lawsuit against the Clinton Administration for its violation of federal laws in the preparation and release of a Congressionally mandated report on "climate change" issues.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />
"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. "This is a perversion of good government and an abuse of power. Unfortunately, it is typical of the politicized behavior we have come to expect from the Clinton-Gore administration. But this is one "October Surprise" which is not going to work. 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."
Inhofe said he is a party in the lawsuit which has been filed by the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a public policy organization based in Washington. Other co-plaintiffs include Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (R-Mo.), Rep. Joseph Knollenberg (R-Mich.), the Heartland Institute, Consumer Alert, 60 Plus, and David Wojick, PhD.
They argue that the Clinton Administration's release this month of the National Assessment Synthesis Report on Climate Change violated three federal laws, including the original 1990 authorization for the report, the law governing federal advisory committees and the 1999 appropriations bill specifically directing how the report should be handled.
In 1990, Congress passed into law the Global Change Research Act which required that the Executive branch conduct a National Assessment of Climate Change every four years. This required a careful assessment of the science and uncertainties surrounding the theory of man-made global warming. The Clinton administration violated this law in that it has never issued such a report and is only now doing so pursuant to an unlawful administration directive expanding the scope of the report to include non-scientific, political areas.
The lawsuit also alleges that Clinton violated the Federal Advisory Committee Act by holding unlawful closed door meetings which restricted participation by those who disagree with the administration's political agenda--the same approach which put Hillary Clinton's 1993 Health Care Task Force is similar legal trouble.
In addition, the suit alleges that the Administration has violated Public Law 106-74, the 1999 Appropriations bill for the EPA and other agencies which includes language prohibiting the release of this report prior to completing the proper scientific analysis, subjecting its work to appropriate peer review and making its findings available to the public.
"Why is the Administration now rushing to get this report out now, after ignoring the law for ten years?" Inhofe said. "The only plausible reason is to help the Vice President in the election this fall."