Republicans on the House Oversight and Reform Committee are seeking answers into whether politics trounces science after the Biden White House’s ouster of a scientist respected on both sides of the aisle from overseeing the federal government’s report on climate change.
In mid-April, the White House Office of Science and Technology removed Betsy Weatherhead as the director of the National Climate Assessment. Weatherhead was a career civil service employee named to the position during the Trump administration in November 2020. She has more than two decades of experience in climate science in the government, the private sector and academia. Weatherhead has repeatedly stated human-induced climate change is a serious problem.
Two Republicans – Reps. James Comer, R-Ky., the ranking member of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, and Ralph Norman, R-S.C., the ranking member of the subcommittee on the environment – are now asking the White House to provide documents from Jan. 20 through May 4 that explain the reason for her removal.
“The Biden Administration seems to follow the politics, not the science, when it comes to its radical environmental agenda,” Comer and Norman said in a joint statement to Fox News.
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“Dr. Betsy Weatherhead is a qualified and respected scientist, has decades of experience, and received bipartisan applause when [she] was appointed as the director of the National Climate Assessment,” the GOP House members added. “Her abrupt removal raises many questions about political motivation that need to be answered by Biden’s Office of Science and Technology Policy.”
The White House has not responded or yet provided any documents to the two House Republicans.
Weatherhead is still employed by the government and was reassigned to the U.S. Geolo
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