Politico's Morning Energy discusses an order issued in CEI's case against the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
A fight over a White House climate change video may have just gotten stickier for the Obama administration. Judge Amit Mehta of the U.S. District Court for D.C. in February declined a request from the conservative Competitive Enterprise Institute to open up discovery in its lawsuit against the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy related to a video in which OSTP chief John Holdren links climate change and the 2014 polar vortex. (Pros can get more background here.) But in an order issued yesterday, Mehta said that OSTP recently admitted to discovering another version of a document that the judge had said was not exempt from FOIA, this one shared with a University of Michigan professor. That’s making Mehta question his decision to deny CEI’s discovery request, potentially giving the think tank much greater access to OSTP’s files. He has ordered the agency to show “cause” for why he shouldn’t reconsider that decision and potentially impose sanctions.
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