May 31, 2018
This week marks the one-year anniversary of President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the all-pain-no-gain Paris climate treaty. In response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, the U.S. State Department produced nearly 450 pages of emails and memos—almost every single word of which was redacted. What the department blacked out would have shed light on how the Obama White House got us involved in the Paris treaty by embarking on an unprecedented end-run around the Constitution.
January 16, 2018
On Friday, The Wall Street Journal’s editorial page led with a deep-dive editorial, “Climate Unaccountability: Are foundations running state energy policy without transparency?” This was the paper's second item in less than a week prompted by months of CEI...
August 8, 2017
“Richard Windsor,” the first Obama administration false-identity email account discovered (by CEI), was apparently not an aberration but a way of life for Obama officials. That is now undeniable, in the face of the revelation that former Attorney General...
April 17, 2017
This week, White House senior advisers will meet to discuss the future of U.S. involvement in the Paris Climate Treaty. During campaign speeches, President Trump repeatedly promised the American public that if elected, he would cancel U.S. participation in the Paris...
March 7, 2017
President Trump should keep his campaign promise and rescind or otherwise withdraw the United States from President Obama’s purported commitment to the Paris climate pact, made in September 2016 on his way out the door. There are several ways...
March 2, 2017
Like other watchdog groups, perhaps more actively than most, CEI has for years sought release of public records, to help inform the public who owns them of important details related to the creation and implementation of major policy proposals — as well as policymakers and the courts who should be guided by such information.
Specifically, the following documents have been produced in response to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests seeking to gain information about how the administration has worked with outside groups, like environmental groups, to pursue its climate agenda. Many of these documents were improperly redacted and should be subject to further review by the Trump administration as they rightfully belong to Americans as public records. Many appear on their face to be important to understanding the genesis and propriety of major EPA rules, and the Paris Climate...
May 3, 2016
Today, the Virginia Circuit Court in Richmond issued a ruling in our case under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (VFOIA), Christopher Horner and Competitive Enterprise Institute v. George Mason University. This is an important case in which we prevailed on all counts—seeking public records showing how the "RICO-20" group of academics used public funding to organize their call for a federal racketeering investigation of "corporations and other entities" who disagree with them. Their targets’ crime—dissenting from the party line on climate change.
The suit was filed when George Mason University (GMU) falsely claimed that no such records existed in response to a VFOIA request...
April 21, 2016
On Friday April 22, Earth Day, the White House will purport to commit the United States to the Paris Climate Agreement. The Obama administration claims the agreement, which it describes as “the most ambitious climate agreement in history,” is less of a treaty than its two apparently less ambitious predecessor agreements, which no one dared state were not treaties.
Congress has yet to challenge this claimed non-treaty status, or the administration’s contention that the executive branch can unilaterally determine whether an agreement is a treaty. Congress needs to challenge this power grab, and soon.
To date, whether an international agreement qualifies as a treaty has been determined not by executive fiat, but by the agreement’s substance...
February 24, 2016
In a Washington Post op-ed, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) staked out an early position against President Obama nominating a Supreme Court Justice to fill the vacancy left by the death of Antonin Scalia, let alone the Senate confirming a new justice in this election year as Mr. Obama prepares to leave office.
Up against the merits of their stance, the White House signals its intention to mount a media and pressure campaign to solidify Obama’s mark on the Court. A nomination is all but certain, and even the casual political observer foresees that it will be made...
February 10, 2016
The following documents were produced in response to CEI's FOIA requests seeking records of IT and cybersecurity training by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her aides Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills. Our two requests were broken down by the State Department into three and assigned FOIA numbers ending in: