Category Archives: FOI

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

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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

Posted in FOI, Michael E. Mann | 106 Comments

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

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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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