Description: Freedom of Information Act lawsuit to compel disclosure of records related to efforts to support the Biden administration’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) under the Paris Agreement.
Texas Public Policy Foundation v. U.S. Department of Commerce
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 11/16/2022 Complaint Download Complaint filed. Texas Organization Sought Documents Regarding Biden Administration’s Setting of Nationally Determined Contribution Under Paris Agreement. The Texas Public Policy Foundation (Foundation) filed three lawsuits under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) in the federal district court for the Western District of Texas to compel disclosure of documents by the Departments of Energy, State, and Commerce related to efforts to support the Biden administration’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) under the Paris Agreement in which the U.S. set an economy-wide target of reducing its net greenhouse gas emissions by 50–52% below 2005 levels in 2030. The Foundation alleged that “[s]etting the Nationally Determined Contribution Number is a matter of huge economic significance” and that “[b]oth the Foundation and public have the right to know the extent of [each of the three agencies’] role in doing so.”