At CSLDF, we have seen well-meaning scientists and academics experience problems after advocating for science (e.g., here) or taking a personal political stance (e.g., here or here). What’s a scientist to do? Don’t fret; prep. If you are one of the many scientists considering participating in the March for Science or engaging in other science-related activism, we are here to arm you with tools that will help you avoid ending up in political crosshairs.
The new political environment in the United States poses a serious threat to climate scientists. We want to occasionally call your attention to climate contrarians in the federal government and its main departments and agencies. Today we introduce Senator James Inhofe (R-Oklahoma) — and his protégés.
On March 2, the California Supreme Court ruled that the emails and texts of public employees dealing with official business are to be considered a matter of public record even if they are sent from private devices or accounts. The case demonstrates the importance of not commingling personal and professional email accounts, understanding how open records laws may affect you, and knowing how to keep your private communications private.
We’re excited to announce the launch of our Campus Rep Program for law school faculty. Now more than ever, it’s important that scientists understand how to handle political harassment and legal intimidation. The Campus Rep Program expands our reach by building a national network of attorneys who will serve as the first point of contact at their institution for scientists with questions about legal issues.
Donald Trump’s presidency has climate scientists concerned about the implications for U.S. environmental policies, the worldwide effort to curb the impacts of climate change, and the ability of scientists to freely to continue their research, which can be insidiously undermined through funding cuts, gag orders, or punitive measures and retaliatory attacks against scientists who publicly discuss their research.
Climate contrarians have falsely accused NOAA scientists of manipulating data that demonstrates there was no "pause" in global warming. Here's how other researchers have proven the allegations wrong, and how the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund is participating in and monitoring the lawsuit.
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.
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 ...
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 ...
“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, ...