Category Archives: FOI

Quote of the Week – The ‘Lie Big’ Law (Or why can’t John Cook tell the truth?)

Two words of the headline are a pun on Liebig’s law, something we covered in the context of another big lie: the “hockey stick”. Steve McIntyre in a post last Saturday writes of Cook’s Fake Ethics Approval and has this hilarious … Continue reading

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Posted in 97% consensus, Climate Communications, Climate ugliness, FOI, Opinion | 70 Comments

Who’s really waging the ‘war on science’?

When it comes to attacking climate scientists, the alarmist Left has the market cornered Guest opinion by Paul Driessen Global warming alarmists constantly claim they are being “harassed” by climate chaos skeptics. The Climate Armageddon-istas proclaim they are victims, and … Continue reading

Posted in Climate cash, FOI | 67 Comments

Michael Mann’s ‘damages’ over FOIA emails? A piddling $250

From ‘amazing tales of the vexatious’. Climate Change Dispatch writes: In a clear slap in the face, the Virginia Supreme Court awarded Michael E. Mann and the University of Virginia a piddling $250 in damages in the email FOIA case. Showing … Continue reading

Posted in FOI, Michael E. Mann, Opinion | 84 Comments

Freedom From Information Act (FFIA)

Guest essay by Charles Battig No, that is not a mistake. FFIA is the unofficial, but real operative world of bureaucracy, which has its own interpretation of the official Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). For those who have wished to … Continue reading

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Tough questions about FOIA abuse to the University of Delaware

Readers may recall this story:The Climate Wars and the University of Delaware. Now, there’s some tough questions that need answers. From: The Viscount Monckton of Brenchley 27 Queen Street | Edinburgh | EH2 1JX The Hon. Beau Biden, Attorney General, State … Continue reading

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The Climate Wars and the University of Delaware

Guest essay by Jan H. Blits May a public university manipulate a Freedom of Information (FOIA) request of a faculty member in an effort to squelch the politically incorrect side in the on-going climate wars?

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White House Science Advisor John Holdren sued over emails

CEI Files Lawsuit against Office of Science and Technology Policy The Competitive Enterprise Institute has sued the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to produce the work-related emails of its director, John Holdren, that were sent from a … Continue reading

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The IPCC And Proprietary Rights – Does The Law Trump Justice?

Nothing is so burdensome as a secret. French proverb Guest essay by Dr. Tim Ball Attempts to get critical information from agents of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) meet with little success. Why? They claim immediate response to … Continue reading

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Using Intellectual Property agreements to defeat public disclosure

Phil Jones’ plan to hide from FOIA Eric Worrall writes: Anyone shocked by Mann’s broad claims of academic exemption from freedom of information, due to the “proprietary nature” of his work, should consider the following Climategate email. Climategate Email 1106338806.txt … Continue reading

Posted in Climategate, FOI, Michael E. Mann | 63 Comments

Decision in the Mann/UVa case, a blow to open science

Supreme Court of VA sides with University, secrecy, and Mann.  The previously claimed destruction of Mann emails now to begin. In this appeal, we consider whether the Circuit Court of Prince William County (“trial court”) erred by denying a request … Continue reading

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Decision expected tomorrow in Mann UVa FOIA case

At the blog “Open Virginia Law” they are discussing the Mann case and potential impacts, as a new session results will be published from the Supreme Court of Virginia, and it’s likely the Mann/UVa case is one of them. Insiders … Continue reading

Posted in Climategate, FOI, Michael E. Mann | 43 Comments

CEI Sues EPA Over Stonewalling Records Request

WASHINGTON, April 9 –  Today, the Competitive Enterprise Institute filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to compel the agency to produce text messages sent by government officials, as required by the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). In … Continue reading

Posted in EPA, FOI | 62 Comments

A stunning revelation from a UWA Vice Chancellor Paul Johnson over access to Lewandowsky’s poll data

This post will be a top sticky post for a day, new stories will appear below this one. While this issue was covered previously on Climate Audit, I thought this needed the exposure that WUWT could afford. There’s a famous … Continue reading

Posted in Climate ugliness, FOI, Stephan Lewandowsky | 189 Comments

Wow, even MSM reporters want to see Michael Mann’s UVa emails now

Here’s something out of left field (literally) and almost too good to be true, but it really is. Get this: 17 news organizations, including NPR, WaPo, AP,  now have grown a spine and filed an amicus brief (see download below) … Continue reading

Posted in Climategate, FOI, Michael E. Mann | 145 Comments

Nothing to See Here! Shredding Parties and Hiding the Decline in Taxpayer-Funded Science

The Cyber-Bonfire is Big and Bright, Deep in the Heart of Texas By: Chris Horner In the early 2000’s, the public was introduced to Enron “Shredding Parties,” where documents were destroyed to avoid possible embarrassment or legal consequences. These bashes … Continue reading

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The FOIA coping response in climate scientists

Guest essay by Chris Horner The curiously titled article, “Climate scientists, facing skeptics’ demands for personal emails, learn how to cope”, in today’s E&E News “ClimateWire” http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2014/01/21/stories/1059993161 (paywalled), is characteristic of a recent uptick in the campaign to discourage universities … Continue reading

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New FOIA emails show EPA in cahoots with enviro groups, giving them special access

From The Washington Free Beacon, Lachlan Markay. Press release follows. Internal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) emails show extensive collaboration between top agency officials and leading environmentalist groups, including overt efforts to coordinate messaging and pressure the fossil fuel industry. The … Continue reading

Posted in Coal, Energy, EPA, FOI, Government idiocy, Politics | 105 Comments

CEI wins FOIA tiff with NASA via judicial order

From AllGov.com with lots of spin (h/t to reader Dennis) Judge Orders NASA to Release Climate Change-Related Documents A climate change denial group once funded by oil giant ExxonMobil (2012 revenues: $453.123 billion) won a legal victory last week over … Continue reading

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Mann’s emails to be subject of state supreme court case

You have to wonder what he’s got in those emails to be fighting so hard to keep people from seeing the supposedly mundane details of research. Prince William FOIA case on global warming headed for Virginia Supreme Court The fight … Continue reading

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‘Richard Windsor’ seems to be a governmental ‘everyman’ issue

It seems that the Associated Press has taken notice of what CEI’s Chris Horner first reported (here at WUWT and elsewhere) about the EPA’s secret email alias of “Richard Windsor” and has found the same sort of off the books … Continue reading

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FOIA obtained Met Office document shows them to be clueless about what affects our climate, and, in particular, what caused the unusual weather last year

Maybe all they need is a bigger computer Guest post by by Paul Homewood Following the wet summer in the UK last year, the  Met Office provided the Environment Agency with a briefing document, giving an overview of the weather. … Continue reading

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Irony Hypocrisy on steroids–UVa plugs new “Open Science Center” while simultaneously keeping Michael Mann’s science notes away from the public

Readers may recall that UVa has spent north of a half million dollars to fight Freedom of Information requests surrounding Dr. Mann and his infamous hockey stick science. – Anthony News Release University Communications/Media Relations New Center for Open Science … Continue reading

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‘Let me say it as simply as I can: Transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency.’

That headline is from this article in The Atlantic. Below is from Globalwarming.org What EPA Transparency Looks Like in Most Open, Honest Administration Ever This time, we got actual emails … that revealed a lot … about the fine art … Continue reading

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ATI’s FOI request to the University of Arizona ‘excessively burdensome’

Chris Horner writes in with this news, I had to chuckle at some of the language UofA used in the reply, seen below, as if Malcolm Hughes and Jonathan Overpeck had to sit in the scribe room on hard wooden … Continue reading

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Vitter, Issa Investigate EPA’s Transparency Problem, More Suspicious E-mail Accounts

For Immediate Release Contact: Luke Bolar / Vitter (202) 224-4623  Becca Watkins / Issa (202) 225-0037 January 29, 2013 Vitter, Issa Investigate EPA’s Transparency Problem, More Suspicious E-mail Accounts EPA Region 8 Administrator violates e-mail rule, uses private e-mail accounts … Continue reading

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New FOIA lawsuit filed against the EPA

The Environmental Law Center of the American Tradition Institute PRESS RELEASE Washington, D.C. Contact: Chris Horner January 28, 2013 info@atinstitute.org Today, the Environmental Law Center filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on behalf of the American Tradition … Continue reading

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Senator Vitter calls EPA FOI release “fishy”

For Immediate Release Contact: Luke Bolar (202) 224-4623 January 15, 2013 Vitter: Lisa Jackson’s “Richard Windsor” Emails Released are Fishy Vitter suggests EPA may be violating FOIA standards WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-La.) made the following statement … Continue reading

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EPA Doubles Down on ‘Richard Windsor’ Stonewall

Guest post by Chris Horner [Emails are now available online - see below] After First admitting to Jackson’s false identity, EPA pretends it doesn’t exist So much for we have nothing to hide. In EPA’s first production of Lisa Jackson’s … Continue reading

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Update on ‘Richard Windsor’ – EPA Email Release ‘Gravely Compounded Unlawful Activity We Have Exposed’

CEI’s Chris Horner Says Agency Has ‘Gone Bunker’ Over Growing Richard Windsor Scandal By Brian McNicoll Washington, D.C., January 14, 2013 – At about 4:55 p.m. on Monday, the Environmental Protection Agency finally complied with a court order to deliver the … Continue reading

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The roadmap less traveled

Guest post by Chris Horner Information continues to flow in the struggle to bail out the Hockey Team, piecing together the relevant “context” to ClimateGate. This pursuit is of critical importance to the Team, and “the cause”, given the solemn … Continue reading

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IPCC AR5 draft leaked, contains game-changing admission of enhanced solar forcing – as well as a lack of warming to match model projections, and reversal on ‘extreme weather’

This post will remain at the top for a few days, new stories will appear below this one UPDATE1: Andrew Revkin at the NYT weighs in, and semi endorses the leak, see update below – Anthony UPDATE2: Alternate links have … Continue reading

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Chris Horner responds to the EPA statement today on the question of them running a black-ops program

Earlier today I posted this story linking to the IBD editorial: Is the EPA running a black-ops program? I got this direct email statement from the EPA, to which Horner responds. This email was sent directly to me this morning, my … Continue reading

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Is the EPA running a black-ops program?

UPDATE: I got a direct email from the EPA with a statement. See below. From Investors Business Daily: Clandestine Government: During his first full day in the White House, Barack Obama promised he’d brought with him “a new era of … Continue reading

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BREAKING: The ‘secret’ list of the BBC 28 is now public – let’s call it ‘TwentyEightGate’

UPDATES ARE CONTINUOUSLY BEING ADDED at the end of this story. Check below. WUWT readers may recall this post last week: The Secret 28 Who Made BBC ‘Green’ Will Not Be Named Posted on November 10, 2012 The BBC pits six … Continue reading

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McIntyre’s triumph over Gergis, Karoly, and Mann

I’m a bit late in covering this due to other issues of interest taking precedence, but I want to make sure this is widely known. We’ve covered the issue of the Gergis et al paleoclimatology paper this past summer, as … Continue reading

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