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Committee Seeks Answers from CEQ on Selecting International Organization as Sole Emissions Reduction Arbiter

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 6, 2023 | Committee Press Office (202-225-2761)
  • OI Subcommittee

Today, House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) and Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Chairman Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) sent a letter to Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) Brenda Mallory regarding the CEQ's decision-making process regarding the selection of the Science Based Target Initiative (SBTi) as the sole arbiter of emission reduction targets for federal contractors. In part, the members wrote: 

"The Committee is deeply concerned that outsourcing compliance authority to SBTi prevents the federal government from ensuring sound scientific practices are applied to the management of federal contractors. Additionally, the Committee is also deeply concerned that SBTi’s transparency and susceptibly to foreign influence will damage our national, economic, and energy security. Moreover, the Committee is concerned that the Biden administration potentially chose SBTi to curry favor with entities that have provided significant electoral support to President Biden and other Democratic politicians—a troubling sign of potential favoritism and abuse of the federal solicitation process." 

Read the full letter here.