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Senators Question Administration’s Secretive Global Climate Agenda
Obama Administration announces interagency process to develop emissions cuts to international community, but avoids transparency and accountability back home
February 27, 2014

Today, U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), top Republican on the Environment and Public Works Committee, and Sens. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), John Boozman (R-Ark.), James Inhofe (R-Okla.), and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry regarding the Administration's attempt to reach a global climate agreement. The letter states the Senators' concerns regarding pledges at recent international climate change conferences by the Obama Administration and the development of an interagency task force to craft America's future plans to cut carbon emissions, and asks how the Administration plans to move forward in a transparent manner.

"The Obama Administration's ill-defined interagency process to develop a new global climate agreement and cut emissions causes us grave concern. This is not the first time this Administration has quietly developed a sweeping regulatory agenda behind closed doors that will have significant impacts on our nation, its people, and its economy," the Senators wrote.

"The Administration's far-left climate policy agenda has failed in the public perception and in Congress, especially when considering the detrimental economic effects, so they continue to look for disingenuous ways to achieve their extreme agenda," Sen. Vitter said. "We know the Administration has economically stifling regulatory goals - but we'll continue holding their feet to the fire and insisting they make their efforts transparent to the public."

"The President's climate regulation plan would have little effect on the global climate, but it will greatly reduce our access to energy and dramatically raise every American's gas, food, and electricity costs. So it's no wonder the Administration is trying to do this quietly. We are calling on the Administration to stay true to its transparency pledge," Sen. Boozman said.

Click here to see today's letter.

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