President Barack Obama rode into the White House promising open and honest government. So why did his administration bully a career official at the Environmental Protection Agency into silence?
Last week, the Competitive Enterprise Institute released a 98 page report written by Alan Carlin, a 38 year veteran of the EPA, on the shaky science employed by global warming alarmists. Mr. Carlin had submitted the report to his superiors for the EPA to consider as it deliberated whether or not carbon dioxide "endangers" human health and welfare. As noted by my colleague Marlo Lewis, an "endangerment" finding isn't mere bureaucratese. Instead, it's a legal tripwire that would spark an economically ruinous regulatory chain reaction under the Clean Air Act (to read more, click here).
But the EPA would not consider Carlin's report. In a series of incriminating emails, Carlin's boss bluntly informed him that his report would remain secret for political reasons.
Late Thursday night, CEI went ahead and posted a draft version of the document, which you can read here.
In a not-so-subtle dig at the supposed scientific backwardness of his predecessor four months ago, President Obama said that science is "about ensuring that facts and evidence are never twisted or obscured by politics or ideology." Now we learn that his administration has done just that by silencing Mr. Carlin's voice at the EPA. Is this the change we were promised?
Members of Congress are suitably outraged. Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas), cited the report on the floor of the House of Representatives last Friday. Senator James Inhofe (R-Oklahoma) told FoxNews that he intends to investigate the matter further.
The story has made waves in the media. For accounts, click on the following links: New York Times, San Francisco Examiner, Michelle Malkin, Dow Jones (Subscription Req'd), American Spectator, and National Review.