Rep. Dana Rohrbacher (R-Calif.) probes EPA about grants to Peter Gleick.
The Politico report is below.
Rohrabacher: Will EPA blackball Gleick?
By Alex Guillen
3/6/12 5:00 PM EST
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher wants to know whether EPA can block Peter Gleick from ever receiving agency grants after he swiped documents from The Heartland Institute.
Gleick, a hydrologist and president of the Pacific Institute, has acknowledged he obtained the records from Heartland employees by pretending to be a board member. He then leaked the documents to the news media.
The Pacific Institute received more than $468,000 in four separate grants from EPA, according to a grants database at the agency.
“How does the scientific integrity policy address the circumstances?” Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) asked during a House Science Committee hearing on EPA’s research and development budget.
Lek Kadeli, acting assistant administrator of EPA’s Office of Research and Development, declined to answer, saying he was not familiar enough with the details of Gleick’s grants.
Rohrabacher indicated he is ready to make Gleick’s status an issue in the future.
“I would hope that this breach of professionalism on the part of Peter Gleick and the Pacific Institute is not just swept under the rug like so many of these other violations that we’ve seen,” he said.
Rohrabacher went on to compare Gleick’s situation with the so-called Climategate emails.
“My observation is anytime a Republican does anything like this, all of a sudden there’s an uproar,” he said, “but you can have all kinds of emails between people talking about hiding the real facts and trying to prevent other people from actually publishing their findings scientifically, which of course violates every scientific principle. And they just get away with it.”
The documents released by Gleick — some of which The Heartland Institute called fabricated — purported to reveal the identities of some of the group’s donors, along with a supposed campaign by the libertarian think tank to spread doubts about climate research.