President Barack Obama delivers remarks during the COP21, United Nations Climate Change Conference, in Le Bourget, outside Paris, on Monday, Nov. 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
I don’t need to tell you that Congress has an awful record of oversight over the Obama administration. One could go on at length about why that is so, but one key reason is that the Obama administration has contempt for the U.S. Constitution and the rule of law. And because Congress is run by risk-adverse politicians who don’t care much about vindicating the rule of law and constitutional self-government, the Obama gang often succeeds in their obstruction. That is unless Judicial Watch (JW) gets into the act.
So, seeing possibly another example of this Executive-Legislative branch corruption, our team filed a lawsuit on December 2, 2015, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia seeking the same documents unsuccessfully subpoenaed by a House committee. We sued for records of communications from National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) officials regarding methodology for collecting and interpreting data used in climate models that attempt to justify the extreme global warming agenda of Barack Obama.
You may recall how, in late 2014, JW litigation forced out documents withheld in response to another congressional subpoena – one issued in the Operation Fast and Furious scandal. Thanks to the Judicial Watch lawsuit, Congress finally obtained the information it had sought for years on Obama’s deadly gun-running scandal.
Sure enough, just like with Fast and Furious, less than a week after Judicial Watch served its lawsuit on NOAA, the agency finally turned over some of the targeted documents to Congress.
Judicial Watch sued the Department of Commerce after the agency failed to respond to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request submitted on October 30, 2015 – NOAA is a component of the Department of Commerce. The timeframe for the requested records is October 30, 2014, through October 30, 2015, and requests all documents and records of communications between NOAA officials, employees, and contractors regarding:
The methodology and utilization of night marine air temperatures to adjust ship and buoy temperature data;The use of other global temperature datasets for both NOAA’s in-house dataset improvements and monthly press releases conveying information to the public about global temperatures;The utilization and consideration of satellite bulk atmospheric temperature readings for use in global temperature datasets; andA subpoena issued for the aforementioned information by Congressman Lamar Smith on October 13, 2015.
As you can see, we’re not leaving NOAA a lot of wiggle room to evade our request.
The purpose here is to investigate how NOAA collects and disseminates climate data used in determining global climate change. NOAA collects data in thousands of ways – from temperature gauges on land and buoys at sea, to satellites orbiting Earth. The federal functions and agencies that were fused into NOAA by Richard Nixon in 1970 go back to the nation’s founding. But Nixon followed the environmental mania of the day and created a new bureaucracy in NOAA along with the Environmental Protection Agency. …