A congressional investigation determined that the Obama administration fired a top scientist and bullied staff at the Department of Energy to get his extreme climate change aka global warming agenda through. The administration ordered his top officials to obstruct Congress.
It’s ironic since Obama has been advising Trump to not use executive orders and rely on the legislative branch. It’s also ironic in that they won’t fire people like Lois Lerner who committed obvious and egregious errors but they fire people who are honest to Congress.
Rep. Lamar Smith (R., Texas), chair of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, released the report Tuesday. It shows a top DoE scientist was fired for being too honest with lawmakers at the same time the administration worked to kill legislation to maintain its full global warming funding. The Obama administration also censored information given to Congress so they could not provide critical oversight.
In mid-2014, lawmakers introduced legislation, the Low Dose Radiation Act of 2014, to help regulate the low dose radiation program and minimize harmful side effects.
During an October 2014 briefing with senior DoE staff on the matter, lawmakers heard testimony from Dr. Noelle Metting, the radiation research program’s manager.
Less than a month later, lawmakers discovered that Obama administration officials had “removed Dr. Metting from federal service for allegedly providing too much information in response to questions posed by” Congress during the briefing, the report states.
They were in part retaliation because she didn’t read off the management talking points and told the truth. They wanted to undermine the advancement of the radiation therapy because they were afraid it would divert funds from the global warming agenda.
They have emails to prove it.
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.”
Congress had asked for a briefing about the program. The House science committee was considering voting on a bill that would have required the National Academies of Sciences to create a report on low-dose radiation exposure.
Employees are allowed to provide information requested by Congress which Dr. Metting did. Her statement exposes the vile nature of management at the time.
“After the briefing ended and the Hill staff had left, Dr. [Julie] Carruthers accused me of advocating and lobbying for the program and being too enthusiastic about research results,” Metting said. “Thus began an unjust and painful saga of unrelenting intimidation. In just under one uncomfortable week, Dr. Anderson removed me from management of the Low Dose Program and detailed me to unclassified duties. My management obviously did not want me answering any more questions about the Low Dose Program.”
Six days after the briefing ended, Metting was fired and formally accused of “inappropriate workplace communication” for talking to Congress, according to the letter obtained by TheDCNF. The House science committee even suspects DOE may be destroying documents and information about the termination. Interestingly enough, the Low Dose Radiation Research Program’s website has a data sharing policy through which scientists are “encouraged to communicate with the wider community of concerned persons, so that current thinking and public debate incorporate sound science.” Most of the program’s research is publicly available online.
“A month later on December 4th, 2014 a notice of proposed removal was issued charging me with insubordinate defiance of authority and inappropriate workplace communication,” Metting continued. “I was put immediately on administrative leave and subsequently denied access to the contents of my former office.”
They don’t fire people who lie to Congress but they lie to people who tell the truth to Congress.
Dr. Metting’s office contents were thrown away and some of the contents were irreplaceable.
Congress wants a full overhaul of the department. They need to do the same in all the government agencies corrupted by politics. One thing they need to do is excise the climate restriction in every department, especially in DoD.
In September, Rep. Barry Loudermilk said, “Unfortunately, what we will learn at today’s hearing is not an isolated incident.” The Georgia Republican said during the hearing. “It fits a pattern of intentional misinformation from Obama Administration officials.”
Texas Republican Rep. Randy Weber said, “When scientists get fired for speaking honestly about their work, it is clear that politics are negatively impacting the work of Congress and stifling public dialogue, not to mention research in those key areas.”
We know that is the case of every agency during investigations into the IRS, Fast & Furious, Benghazi, and so many others. They even made it impossible to fulfill FOIA requests.
Go to about 40:00 to hear Dr. Metting.