Treasury fights to keep carbon emails secret

Treasury Department officials argued in court Monday that a conservative think tank is not entitled to more than 7,000 agency emails concerning a potential carbon tax, a move Sen. David Vitter (R., La.) called duplicitous and insulting.

The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) appealed the Treasury Department’s denial of its Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for the emails.

Treasury in response filed a motion with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia claiming CEI “is not entitled to the relief requested, or to any other relief whatsoever, and requests that this action be dismissed in its entirely with prejudice and that defendant be given such other relief as this Court deems proper, including costs and disbursements.”

CEI senior fellow Christopher Horner said Treasury’s objective “is to tap dance as deep into the policy/political calendar as they can without producing” the emails in question.

Vitter, the ranking Republican on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, criticized the Treasury Department’s continued efforts to block disclosure of the emails.

Read more at The Washington Free Beacon. By CJ Ciaramella.

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