Description: Freedom of Information Act lawsuit seeking records related to establishment of a White House panel to review climate science.
Environmental Defense Fund v. U.S. Department of the Interior
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 10/31/2019 Complaint Download Complaint filed. Environmental Defense Fund Sought Documents on White House Climate Science Review Panel. Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit seeking “records relating to a White House effort to discredit established findings that climate change poses a national security threat to the United States.” EDF alleged that it sent FOIA requests to the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) after the Washington Post and other media outlets reported in February 2019 that the White House was planning to convene a panel to “target” recent federal climate change studies, including the Fourth National Climate Assessment, and that representatives of the Interior Department, NOAA, and NASA had been invited to a February 22, 2019 meeting concerning the panel.