Suit Challenges Global Warming Report

The Competitive Enterprise Institute, a Washington DC-based think tank that is funded by right-wing foundations and industries that deny global warming, sued the Bush administration over its 2000 report on climate change. The New York Times reports CEI is trying to stop the government from distributing the report, saying it is inaccurate and biased. The suit says the report violates the Federal Data Quality Act, a little known law passed in December 2000 that requires information disseminated by the government to pass standards for objectivity, quality, and utility. While sounding like reasonable lawmaking, the watchdog group Public Citizen warns that FDQA is "susceptible to misuse by opponents of regulatory safeguards who may attempt to exploit the Act to dissuade agencies from disseminating information