The Obama Administration tried to destroy a program at the Department of Energy to force it to focus on Barack Obama’s “climate change agenda.”
They even went so far as to fire scientists who disobeyed orders not to talk to members of Congress, a new report reveals, according to The Washington Examiner.
The report – issued by the House Science, Space and Technology Committee showed the administration even attacked one of its own scientists who stepped out of line with orders to deny lawmakers information on a nuclear radiation program that it was seeking to scuttle un order to pursue its “global warming” programs more aggressively.
“Instead of working to understand the value of the [radiation program] for emergency situations, [Energy Department] management engaged in a campaign to terminate research programs that could divert funds from the President’s Climate Action Plan,” the House committee’s report said. “Management and senior DOE employees privately discussed congressional support for the [radiation program] and its nexus to regulatory limits yet still maintained their agenda to close the program.”
The report said that the Energy Department’s actions are a reflection of an “institutional problem that must be corrected by overhauling its management practices with respect to its relationship with the Congress.”
The chairman of the committee, Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, said the report details egregious retaliation against senior-level officials who did not toe the party line. “”Moving forward,” he said “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.”
DOE officials, including Noelle Metting, met with staff from the House Science, Space and Technology and Senate Energy and Natural Resources committees in October 2014 to discuss pending legislation the agency opposed. DOE wanted to suppress information to kill support for the bill.
Metting was later fired because she “refused to conform to [DOE management’s] predetermined remarks” and provided “candid and complete information” in response to the committees’ questions, the report said.
Additionally, retaliating against Metting created a potential “chilling effect,” preventing other scientists from providing forthcoming information to Congress, the report said.
From The Daily Caller:
Metting’s immediate supervisor, Todd Anderson, was intended to lead the briefing, since he “may be better at staying on message,” Julie Carruthers, a DOE senior technical advisor, said in an email.
Similarly, Anderson needed “to brief the Senate folks so they don’t develop their own bill,” Sharlene Weatherwax, a DOE associate director, wrote in an email to Anderson.
“DOE management developed a scheme to withhold information from congressional staff,” the report said. “Dr. Metting was directed to omit information from a presentation to congressional staff given during the briefing.”
DOE managers also wanted to “muzzle” Metting — then-LDRRP’s program manager, the report said. “Prohibiting federal employees from providing information and communications with Congress is also a violation of the Anti-Lobbying Act.”
Regardless, Metting provided “too much information in response to questions from committee staff” that “provided supportive evidence to continue the LDRRP,” so management “retaliated against Dr. Metting,” the report said.
The investigation was spurred after Metting and her attorneys contacted the committee in late 2015 and provided an account of the events that followed the October 2014 briefing. The committee then obtained DOE documents and communications regarding LDRRP.
DOE has since reinstated Metting after she took legal action, a committee aide said in a press briefing.