Wind industry influenced DOE report
By Juliet Eilperin
Climate-change skeptics are crowing over the fact that the American Wind Energy Association and left-leaning groups including the Union of Concerned Scientists and Center for American Progress helped the Energy Department respond to a conservative Spanish study questioning the economic contribution of the wind industry in Spain.
The Chicago Tribune first reported the connection, which came to light after the libertarian Competitive Enterprise Institute gave the paper the results of its Freedom of Information Act request.
The controversy centers on the Aug. 1 white paper, "National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL) Response to the Report 'Study of the Effects on the Employment of Public Aid to Renewable Energy Sources' from King Juan Carlos University (Spain)."
Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner (R-Wisc.), ranking member on the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, released a statement attacking the administration in light of the revelations.
"Simple, direct questions deserve simple, direct answers, but it seems that Department of Energy officials are more concerned about how to spin my questions than how to answer them," he said. "I'm not surprised that DOE is uncomfortable with these questions, since it appears the agency relied on special interest assistance to write this federally-funded report."
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