An investigation determined that Obama Administration retaliated by firing a top scientist to intimidate staff at the Department of Energy (DoE) and move their climate change agenda forward.
A report by Adam Kredo of The Washington Free Beacon, alleges that Obama administration ordered officials to obstruct Congress in order to further climate change plans.
On Tuesday, Lamar Smith, chair of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, released an in-depth staff report showing how Obama administration officials retaliated against a lead scientist and plotted ways to block a congressional inquiry surrounding key research into the impact of radiation, says Kredo.
This report shows proof that the administration ‘worked to kill legislation in order to ensure that it could receive full funding for its own hotly contested climate change agenda.’ It also appears the Obama administration was ‘censoring the information given to Congress, interfering with the body’s ability to perform critical oversight work.’
Smith also offered this statement:
“Instead of providing the type of scientific information needed by Congress to legislate effectively, senior departmental officials sought to hide information, lobbied against legislation, and retaliated against a scientist for being forthcoming.
In this staff report based on lengthy record before the committee, much has been revealed about how senior level agency officials under the Obama administration retaliated against a scientist who did not follow the party line.
Moving forward, the department needs to overhaul its management practices to ensure that Congress is provided the information it requires to legislate and that federal employees and scientists who provide that information do so without fear of retribution.”
In 2014, lawmakers introduced, the Low Dose Radiation Act of 2014, to regulate the program and minimize harmful side effects. During an October 2014 briefing, a testimony was given by Dr. Noelle Metting, the radiation research program’s manager, of which it was later discovered that the Obama administration had “removed Dr. Metting from federal service for allegedly providing too much information in response to questions posed by,” according to the report.
Based on the findings of this investigation, Washington Free Beacon reported:
The investigation concluded that “DoE placed its own priorities to further the president’s Climate Action Plan before its constitutional obligations to be candid with Congress,” the report states. “The DoE’s actions constitute a reckless and calculated attack on the legislative process itself, which undermines the power of Congress to legislate. The committee further concludes that DoE’s disregard for separation of powers is not limited to a small group of employees, but rather is an institutional problem that must be corrected by overhauling its management practices with respect to its relationship with the Congress.”
As it stands, congress is requesting an overhaul of the DoE’s management structure to prevent this from happening again.