CSLDF Files Brief to Protect NOAA Climate Scientists

On Friday, January 27, the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund (CSLDF) asked the District of Columbia federal District Court to rule in favor of safeguarding scientific research. In partnership with the American Meteorological Society and the Union of Concerned Scientists, CSLDF filed a brief urging the court to protect scientific correspondence and preliminary drafts from indiscriminate disclosure to adverse groups.

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A Pocket Guide for Scientists

On the eve of the presidential inauguration, there is serious concern about how the new administration’s agenda could affect climate science.  The Trump transition team has included attorneys with a history of using the legal system to attack climate scientists.  We now face an incoming administration full of key personnel who dispute, sometimes aggressively, the scientific consensus on climate change (97% of climate scientists agree that human-caused climate change is a reality). Harassment of climate scientists has been going on for years, but seems likely to ...

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CSLDF Adds Two New Board Members

As the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund prepares for the new challenges that face scientists in 2017, we are excited to announce the addition of Lawrence Robbins and Michael Oppenheimer to the CSLDF Board of Directors. Larry and Michael add a wealth of experience in areas that will strengthen our organization. Larry Robbins is a trial and appellate litigator who has represented high level government officials in investigations over multiple administrations. He has argued eighteen cases in the United States Supreme Court, and some fifty others in the federal circuit ...

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Trump Adds Lawyers with History of Harassing Climate Scientists to Transition Team

“For years, David Schnare, with funding from polluting interests, has hounded me and other climate scientists, abusing open records laws in an effort to get ahold of personal emails that he might use to try to embarrass and smear us. His efforts were rejected by the lower court and then the Virginia Supreme Court, but not before many thousands of dollars were spent defending the University of Virginia and me from his frivolous lawsuits, and not before many hours I could have spent advising students, doing research, and advancing our understanding of Earth’s climate, ...

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CSLDF and AGU Co-Host Symposium on Law and Science

On Wednesday, December 14, 2016, CSLDF will team up with the American Geophysical Union (AGU) to host a morning symposium at the AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco.  3 MCLE credits will be available for attorneys (application pending).  This symposium will discuss the legal issues facing scientists under open records laws – laws that have increasingly been used to harass, intimidate, and attempt to discredit researchers. Presenters: Dr. Michael Mann, Distinguished Professor of Meteorology at Penn State Peter Fontaine, Partner at Cozen O’Connor ...

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CSLDF in the Guardian: Climate scientists are under attack from frivolous lawsuits

Reposted from The Guardian: Today’s climate scientists have a lot more to worry about than peer review. Organizations with perverse financial incentives harass scientists with lawsuit after lawsuit, obstructing research and seeking to embarrass them with disclosures of private information. On June 14th, an Arizona court ruled that thousands of emails from two prominent climate scientists must be turned over to the Energy & Environment Legal Institute (E&E), a group that disputes the 97% expert consensus on anthropogenic climate change and argues against action to ...

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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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