New Lawsuit Over Climate Scientists’ Emails

December 28, 2015 Since July, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) has engaged in an ongoing campaign for internal National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) documents and emails, justifying his inquiry  because – in his words – NOAA has “altered [climate] data to get the results they needed to advance this administration’s extreme climate change agenda.”  NOAA has produced some documents to Rep. Smith, but has steadfastly refused to produce NOAA scientists’ email correspondence.  (Previous coverage of this dispute is available here and here.) Now, a ...

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Arizona Court Approves CSLDF Amicus Brief – And E&E Legal Simultaneously Files Opposition

November 10, 2015 CSLDF is pleased to announce that the Arizona Court of Appeals has granted its motion to participate as amicus curiae, or “friend of the court."  Last month, CSLDF filed an amicus brief urging the Arizona Court of Appeals to protect climate scientists’ files from invasive open records requests by E&E Legal.  As described in our brief, E&E Legal’s requests are “part of a broader strategy of attacking individual scientists as a way to try to discredit theories or even entire fields of study.”  (Please read more about our amicus brief ...

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CSLDF Files Legal Brief Supporting Protection of Climate Scientists Against Harassment

October 27, 2015 Yesterday, CSLDF filed a brief as amicus curiae, or “friend of the court,” urging the Arizona Court of Appeals to protect climate scientists’ files from invasive open records requests.  CSLDF filed its brief in support of the Arizona Board of Regents, which has defended the records of two University of Arizona climate scientists from massive and harassing open records requests by the Energy & Environment Legal Institute (E&E Legal). E&E Legal, as detailed further in our brief (available here), touts its mission as “free-market ...

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Climate Scientist Threatened with Investigation by Member of Congress for Purported “Partisan Political Activity”

October 10, 2015 A climate scientist who was the lead signatory on a letter to President Obama, supporting a proposed inquiry of some corporate opponents to action on climate change, has himself been threatened with a Congressional investigation by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX).  Rep. Smith – chair of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology – claims that by sending the letter, scientist Dr. Jagadish Shukla engaged in inappropriate “partisan political activity.” Rep. Smith has criticized the idea of man-made climate change, and once suggested that climate ...

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Litigation Seeking Climate Scientists’ Emails in Name of “Transparency” Has Been Secretly Funded by Coal Industry

September 10, 2015 In March 2015, an Arizona trial court validated the University of Arizona’s denial of massive records requests by Energy & Environment Legal (“E&E Legal”), which sought 13 years of climate scientists’ emails under Arizona open records laws.[1]  E&E Legal, formerly named the American Tradition Institute, has “a core mission of discrediting climate science and dismantling environmental regulations,”[2] and while it claimed it wanted these emails for its “transparency project,”[3] it also openly admitted it was seeking things ...

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New Legal Attacks on Climate Science Community: Climate Blogger Sued for $2 Million for “Interference” and “Conspiracy”

May 20, 2015 In the newest variation of legal attacks on climate science, tandem lawsuits were filed against climate science blogger and computer scientist John Mashey, in retaliation for his work to uncover academic misconduct by several researchers who disputed widely-accepted findings on global warming.  (There is a 97% scientific consensus that man-made climate change is happening.)  Two of these researchers, Edward Wegman and Yasmin Said, served Mashey with complaints this spring, claiming that Mashey’s work connecting them with plagiarism, falsifications, ...

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Livestream – Fighting Back Against Attacks on Climate Scientists

April 30, 2015 The Climate Science Legal Defense Fund is hosting talks on the legal attacks faced by climate scientists, on Thursday, May 7th, from 6-7:30 pm at Columbia Law School.  Such attacks include harassing open records requests, bad-faith investigations, and attempts to chill research publication.  This lecture will kick off CSLDF’s litigation strategy series at Columbia Law School, and 1.5 CLE credits will be available for attending attorneys.  RSVP required. (more…)

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