Overnight Energy: Agency won’t give GOP climate documents

NOAA SAYS NO: The federal agency behind a controversial climate change study is refusing to give House Republicans internal communications among scientists involved in the research.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) told Rep. Lamar SmithLamar Seeligson SmithHow effective are protests and riots for changing America? Education Department changing eligibility for hundreds of rural school districts receiving aid: report Ex-Rep. Frelinghuysen joins law and lobby firm MORE (R-Texas) that the communications are confidential, and handing them over would disrupt the integrity of the scientific process.

Smith is out to prove that a summer study refuting a claimed 15-year global warming "pause" was politically motivated.


NOAA has directed Smith toward the publicly available data behind the study and other research about the methodologies, which the agency says is all he needs.

"We have provided data, all of which is publicly available online, supporting scientific research, and multiple in-person briefings," NOAA spokeswoman Ciaran Clayton said in a statement after the agency sent the letter.

"We stand behind our scientists who conduct their work in an objective manner. It is the end product of exchanges between scientists -- the detailed publication of scientific work and the data that underpins the authors' findings -- that are key to understanding the conclusions reached."

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ON TAP THURSDAY I: Former Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman will moderate a Bipartisan Policy Center discussion on sustainability and climate change. Executives from Elanco, Kellogg Co. and Land O' Lakes will speak.

ON TAP THURSDAY II: Colette Honorable, a commissioner at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, will speak at the Women's Council on Energy and the Environment's Women in Leadership reception. 

Rest of Thursday's agenda ... 

In Annapolis, Environmental Protection Agency administrator Gina McCarthy will give the keynote address at the Maryland League of Conservation Voters' 2015 Environmental Leadership Awards reception. 


Royal Dutch Shell is scrapping a development project in Canada's oil sands, citing uncertainty over the pipelines that would need to transport the oil, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reports

An Italian company has found a "supergiant" natural gas field off the coast of Egypt, The New York Times reports

Dong Energy is planning to build the world's largest offshore windfarm in the Irish Sea, Bloomberg Business reports


Check out Wednesday's stories ... 

-GOP senator highlights support for climate rule 
-Administration wants to hold off court's climate ruling until after UN talks 
-Agency won't give GOP internal docs on climate research 
-Oil lobby launches new campaign against ethanol mandate 
-Trump: US needs 'better deal' before approving Keystone pipeline 
-Five states sue over EPA's ozone rule 
-How critics plan to torpedo Obama's prized climate rule

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