Opaque Transparency

Remember Obama’s promise to run the most transparent administration ever? Obama White House showed ‘bad faith’ in global-warming case, judge rules.

Mr. Holdren’s [Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology] staffers first said they couldn’t find many documents. They then tried to hide their release by saying the documents were all internal or were similar to what was already public.

Each of those claims turned out not to be true.

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Suing to Shut People Up

Lawfare is not limited to pro se thugs with personal grudges. Several U. S. states and a territory may be about to try to chill free speech about an important scientific question. What’s Up With That? takes a look at a proposal to use RICO laws to go after people who do not believe the “settled science” concerning climate change.

An Inconvenient Truth

An Oscar and a Nobel Peace Prize (just like Barack Obama’s) not withstanding, it’s an inconvenient truth that the predictions made in Al Gore’s film An Inconvenient Truth have almost universally failed. The snows of Kilimanjaro are still there, and the North Pole is still covered with ice. Michael Bastasch takes a look at Gore’s failure over at The Daily Caller.

Watching “An Inconvenient Truth” is sort of like going back in time. Back to a world where flip phones were cool and “Futurama” was still putting out new episodes. A world where a bitter presidential candidate was trying to rebrand himself as an environmental crusader.

But have Gore’s warnings, which were alarming to many in 2006, come true?


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Freedom From Information?

Although President Obama issued an executive order on this first full day in office back in 2009 requiring federal agencies to be as transparent as possible when dealing with Freedom of Information Act requests, the federal government is now denying more requests than ever. Jeff Dunetz has a post over at The Lid about what it took to get information about the debunked claims about global warming causing more severe winter weather made by the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy.

Hogewash! has made several FOIA requests to government agencies, and I can verify that a couple of agencies have been quite slow to respond in spite of the official guidance issued by Attorney General Holder that “in the face of doubt, openness prevails.”

But that commitment to transparency has been flouted throughout the government, especially in Holder’s own Justice Department. In March 2014, the Associated Press reported that “more often than ever, the administration censored government files or outright denied access to them last year under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act [FOIA].” Similarly, The Wall Street Journal concluded that this is “the least transparent administration.” The situation has continued to worsen in 2014 and 2015, according to the Associated Press.

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27 Inches of Global Warming

This time last week, folks were running around buying up all the bread, milk, and toilet paper in town because of the coming Snowpocalypse. Most of this past Monday was spent digging out from a near-record snowfall.

I was reading a piece at NRO by David French that deals with the failure of the apocalyptic environmental predictions we get from the pseudoscientific left while I was drinking my coffee this morning and looking out across a lawn that still has a foot or so of global warming on it. He does a nice job of comparing the prophets of ecological doom to preachers predicting the imminence of the Rapture. The preachers come out ahead of the ecozealots, who never seem to walk the walk they’re selling.

They’re like a drunk preacher screaming about the evils of demon rum.

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