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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

No Exemption from Disclosure for "This Might Embarass the President"

This opinion piece on is about a federal document analyzing the costs of the Cap and Trade bill, some of which was redacted in response to a FOIA request. The author says this:
One odd point: The document written by [an administration official] includes this line: "It will raise energy prices and impose annual costs on the order of XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX." The Treasury Department redacted the rest of the sentence with a thick black line.

The Freedom of Information Act, of course, contains no this-might-embarrass-the-president exemption (nor, for that matter, should federal agencies be in the business of possibly suppressing dissenting climate change voices). You'd hope the presidential administration that boasts of being the "most open and transparent in history" would be more forthcoming than this.

Thanks to Jason Mercier of the Washington Policy Center for this.