The Washington Free Beacon cites CEI's petition to correct a climate change statistic on NASA's website.
The petition from the Competitive Enterprise Institute made the request under the auspices of a federal law called the Information Quality Act, which also requires the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to create guidelines "for ensuring and maximizing the quality, objectivity, utility, and integrity of information (including statistical information) disseminated by Federal agencies."
The letter from CEI to NASA requests that the information be removed or corrected. CEI cites numerous examples in which the "97 percent" claim has been debunked, often by rigorous, peer-reviewed academic inquiries.
"Mainly, the problem with the studies was they didn't include the scientists who did not form an opinion, or who had no position, or who stated explicitly that they had no position," said CEI attorney Devin Watkins. "You have to include those scientists as part of the ‘scientific community.'"