GOP congressman accuses White House of leaking details on climate change research
The GOP lawmaker accused the White House Tuesday of leaking to reporters details of the administration’s research on climate, a report that has infuriated Democrats.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s ranking Democrat on the panel, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), told reporters Tuesday that the Whitehouse “has now released a report which is just not accurate.”
He said the WhiteHouse has told members that they are being told “by the White Houses staff” that it is a “top secret document” and has “never been released to the public before.”
The report on climate science and technology is titled “Watts: Climate Change: A National Infrastructure Problem,” and it is written by White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) director Mark Z. Jacobson.
Cummings said the document “is not a science report, and does not include a climate change component.
It is not a peer-reviewed scientific paper.
And it is not even peer-edited.””
They’ve got a lot of money on this,” he added.
“This is a really important report that shows how much money the administration is spending on climate research, and the White house has not even given it a mention.”
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders also said the report was being released “to allow the public to read it and to see how they see it.”
She told reporters, “We do not believe the White houses public information request was appropriate.”
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The report states: “The Administration believes the climate change agenda will benefit from the deployment of a broad range of renewable energy technologies and technologies to address the world’s most pressing climate challenge.”
The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (OEER) has been tasked with developing a report by the end of the year on how to make renewable energy cheaper and more efficient.
The White House has been pushing to speed up the development of these technologies and has sought funding to expedite them.