Separating climate fact from opinion is the focus of a free-market think tank’s lawsuit against the White House science office over a video asserting that last winter’s bone-chilling polar vortex originated from climate change.
In its lawsuit, the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) is demanding documents related to the video, featuring White House science czar John Holdren blaming the bitter cold on climate change, contrary to peer-reviewed studies, The Daily Caller reports. In the video Mr. Holdren says the extreme weather “is a pattern that we can expect to see with increasing frequency as global warming continues.”
While Holdren’s statement isn’t an “outright lie,” it’s a “half-truth and even a stretch at that,” according to two scientists with the Cato Institute.
After CEI petitioned for a correction, the White House acknowledged that Holdren’s statement was “personal opinion” and exempt from data quality laws, The Hill newspaper reports. So much for the administration’s “settled science.”
Sam Kazman, CEI’s general counsel, says the administration’s refusal to disclose the documents to protect so-called “internal deliberations” is “doubly ridiculous.”
Even worse, that the administration passed off unsubstantiated opinion as scientific fact is reprehensibly misleading.