On his radio program Thursday, constitutional lawyer and bestselling author Mark Levin slammed the Obama administration for manipulating data about climate change and "lying" to the American people in order to advance its socialist ideology.

Levin was responding to a report by The Daily Caller's Chris White, who highlighted an admission by a former Obama Energy Department official earlier in the week that the administration deliberately presented "misleading" and "sometimes just wrong" climate data. Here's an excerpt from the report (second hyperlink added):

Former Energy Department Undersecretary Steven Koonin told The Wall Street Journal Monday that bureaucrats within former President Barack Obama’s administration spun scientific data to manipulate public opinion.

“What you saw coming out of the press releases about climate data, climate analysis, was, I’d say, misleading, sometimes just wrong,” Koonin said, referring to elements within the Obama administration he said were responsible for manipulating climate data.

He pointed to a National Climate Assessment in 2014 showing hurricane activity has increased from 1980 as an illustration of how federal agencies fudged climate data. Koonin said the NCA’s assessment was technically incorrect.

“What they forgot to tell you, and you don’t know until you read all the way into the fine print is that it actually decreased in the decades before that,” he said.

Levin pointed to Koonin's statement as yet more evidence that the Obama administration had let ideology trump the truth and outright "lied" to the American people.

"We were lied to. We were lied to in order to advance an ideology," said the radio host.

The administration's actions, he argued, were all part of its larger goal of promoting the ideals of "the socialist Left, the Marxist Left," which seeks to tear down capitalism piece by piece and "nationalize economic decision making." The global warming "myth," said Levin, is one of the Left's key tools in promoting that destructive ideology.

Listen below:

As White highlights in his report, Koonin explained that press officers working with key scientific agencies like the National Oceanic Administration (NOAA) and NASA, repeatedly crafted misleading reports on climate data. Though the UN's Panel on Climate Change found that there "is limited evidence of changes in extremes associated with other climate variables since the mid-20th century" and that current data shows "no significant observed trends in global tropical cyclone frequency over the past century," the administration presented a far different picture.

Koonin, who served under Obama from 2009 to 2011, went on to lament the politicization of science suggested that the ethos should be to “tell it like it is. You’re a scientist and it is your responsibility to put the facts on the table.”

NASA and NOAA’s actions, he said, are problematic, because “public opinion is formed by the data that is formed from those organizations and appears in newspapers.”

Read White's full report here.

Partial transcript via Conservative Review.