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Senate Letter to NSF IG Requesting an Investigation of Climate Grants

June 18, 2018
By Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), James Lankford (R-OK) and Ted Cruz (R-TX)

Several centers request Allison Lerner, the National Science Foundation inspector general (IG), investigate a grant program administered by NSF designed to educate meteorologists about climate change.

Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), James Lankford (R-OK) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) sent a letter to Allison Lerner, the National Science Foundation (NSF) inspector general (IG), requesting her office investigate a grant program administered by NSF designed to educate meteorologists about climate change, saying the grants are not promoting “science,” but propaganda.

The Senator’s say NSF “issued several grants which seek to influence political and social debate rather than conduct scientific research," which may have violated the Hatch Act, which prohibits federal employees from taking public political stances.