Washington D.C. –Today, Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight, released the following statement on the Department of the Interior (DOI) Inspector General report regarding DOI’s mischaracterization of peer review in support of the Department’s drilling moratorium. This report comes after Broun and other Republicans called for an Inspector General investigation. Dr. Broun has also repeatedly sought documents related to the report, but DOI has yet to provide a single document.
“I am concerned with the growing trend within this Administration to mischaracterize scientific and technical peer review to justify political decisions. Last month, the President’s Oil Spill Commission highlighted another instance where Ms. Browner mischaracterized peer review. This glib approach to science and how it informs policy decisions deserves our continued attention in the next Congress.”
Rep. Broun letter to Interior Secretary Kenneth Salazar - June 24, 2010
Rep. Broun follow-up letter to Salazar - October 28, 2010