White House climate and environment adviser scrutinized for possible ethics violations

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FIRST ON FOX: A top White House climate and environment adviser is being scrutinized for possible ethical violations during her time editing a scientific, peer-reviewed publication.

Fox News Digital exclusively obtained two letters sent by the American Accountability Foundation (AAF) founder Tom Jones to the White House and the National Academies of Science (NAS) regarding Office of Science and Technology Policy Climate and Environment deputy director Dr. Jane Lubchenco.

The letters cite Dr. Lubchenco’s “conflict of interest violations” involved in an October retraction of an article, “A global network of marine protected areas for food,” from the Proceedings of the National Academies of Science (PNAS), of which the White House official had been an editor during the peer-review process.

From left, Carol Browner, assistant to the President for energy and climate change, NOAA chief Jane Lubchenco, and national incident commander of the BP oil spill Thad Allen, update reporters at the White House, in Washington. (AP)

According to AAF, Dr. Lubchenco’s alleged conflict of interest violations when reviewing the paper include having “been a co-author with many of the authors of that paper previously [and] collaborating with one author over a dozen times…having served

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