the FOIA process. The public needs transparency from its government about climatescience and about agency performance of its statutory duties, particularly involvingethics, with debate about transparency, climate-related science and related policiescapturing sustained national attention. Yet NASA has repeatedly and unlawfully refusedto produce the requested materials. NASA is accountable to the taxpayers and to thepublic. It should not be free to disregard its FOIA obligations. Plaintiff has exhausted itsadministrative remedies and has no recourse but this lawsuit.
Plaintiff ATI is a public policy research and educational foundation with aphysical presence in Washington, D.C., dedicated to advancing responsible, economicallysustainable environmental policy. ATI's programs include research, investigative journalism, and its Environmental Law Center, which has a transparency initiativeseeking records relating to environmental and particularly climate change science andpolicy.4.
Defendant NASA is a federal agency whose stated mission is to pioneer the futurein space exploration, scientific discovery, and aeronautics research. NASA’s GoddardInstitute of Space Studies (“GISS”) is a division of NASA based in New York City andstyles itself as a “leading center of atmospheric modeling and of climate change.”
JURISDICTION AND VENUE
This Court has jurisdiction pursuant to 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(4)(B) because thisaction is brought in the District of Columbia and 28 U.S.C. § 1331 because the resolutionof disputes under FOIA presents a federal question.6.
Venue is proper in this Court under 28 U.S.C. § 1391(b) because Defendant