Category Archives: FOI

The ‘secret’ IPCC Stocker WG1 memo – found!

You may recall that WUWT reported this on Sepetember 6th, 2012: Game on – NOAA’s refusal of documents earns them a lawsuit Over the last couple of days, CEI’s Chris Horner has been emailing me news of a FOIA request he … Continue reading

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Statement/Update on ATI v. UVa/Mann

From The American Tradition Institute – September 18th, 2012 Yesterday the American Tradition Institute (ATI) participated in more than four hours of oral argument in the Prince William County Circuit Court, in its effort to have faculty emails which were paid … Continue reading

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ATI and the Mann case update

While I was a bit busy with other things (my PBS interview generated quite a lot of interest as well as hate mail) there was other news. Most notable was the ruling against ATI’s FOIA case with the University of … Continue reading

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Game on – NOAA’s refusal of documents earns them a lawsuit

We’ll see how badly they want to protect these emails, and if they rise to Mannian UVa protection level seven. Over the last couple of days, CEI’s Chris Horner has been emailing me news of a FOIA request he made … Continue reading

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FOI email: science is only influenced by ‘big oil’ if they do it

Here’s a stunning juxtaposition of two emails (released under FOI request and supplied by Christopher Horner to me) from the University of Arizona’s climate scientist Dr. Jonathan Overpeck regarding ‘big oil’ and influence in the climate debate. First let’s look … Continue reading

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Historical climate artifacts, collect your complete set here

Chris Horner writes in with this. This is pretty funny. It is window into their possibly half-joking, still overly earnest view of their historical importance in choosing a gift for Susan Solomon. It lends credence to the view that they … Continue reading

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NOAA releases tranche of FOIA documents – 2 years later

Guest post by Christopher Horner, CEI. Today, NOAA finally delivered thousands of pages (hard copy, oddly, despite our request for electronic copies) of additional records that had been withheld during the deliberations over what to produce for a thorough FOIA … Continue reading

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The secret letter UEA and CRU doesn’t want us (or anybody else) to read

Uh oh. Steve McIntyre has written an eviscerating essay about a secret letter circulated by the IPCC to UEA/CRU, which they are refusing to divulge, because: there would be an adverse effect on international relations between IPCC WG1 and academic … Continue reading

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Status of the ATI -vs- Mann and UVa emails saga

AMERICAN TRADITION INSTITUTE – PRESS RELEASE July 26, 2012 The ongoing saga of the American Tradition Institute versus the University of Virginia moved forward this week with filing of the arguments of the parties http://www.atinstitute.org/law-ctr/hosted-foia-documents/ on the central issues of … Continue reading

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The collusion of the climate crowd

By Christopher C. Horner First published in the Washington Examiner, reposted here with permission Not long ago, the American Tradition Institute initiated a transparency campaign using federal and state freedom of information laws to learn more about how taxpayer-funded academics … Continue reading

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UVa board meeting ends in heckling

Readers may recall my earlier report on the strange weekend ouster of UVa president Teresa Sullivan last week where I suggested there might be a Michael Mann connection because supposedly he was offered the Kington chair, and the fellow whose … Continue reading

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Mannian paint by numbers? Connect the UVa dots

[UPDATE: 4:30PM PST The plot thickens. Breitbart is reporting that Sullivan has a history with scientific misconduct charges, as well as investigations that exonerate without actually asking the tough questions. h/t to reader Holly Martin ] Hmmm, this is more … Continue reading

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Gavin’s big wild Yamal yawner

I think Gavin Schmidt got up on the wrong side of the bed today, either that or he was so mad when he wrote the latest piece on Yamal at RC, he was so mightily angrified that he set himself … Continue reading

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Court fight: Mann’s lawyer and UVa counsel -vs- ATI

UPDATE: Link to the full court transcript added below. People send me stuff. The stuff today is a transcript of the recent court debate over the FOIA requests for Mike Mann’s UVa emails: It seems that Dr. Mann’s lawyer and … Continue reading

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ATI’s video summary of the Mann UVA case

This is a historical summary, that shows both past and present context of Climategate and Michael Mann’s legal fight to keep his emails from University of Virgina a secret from FOIA requests. Worth a look. – Anthony ATI’s Freedom of … Continue reading

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Mann -vs- ATI case–unsettled

Prince William climate case judge already anticipating the appeal By Tom Jackman Washington Post The e-mails of climate researcher Michael E. Mann are at the heart of a Freedom of Information Act case that will almost certainly wind up in … Continue reading

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UK government trying to kill the FOI act

I guess Climategate really put a burr under their saddle. Bishop Hill writes: As it becomes clear that there will be a determined step by bureaucrats to neuter the FOI Act by introducing charges, it is increasingly important that the … Continue reading

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Richard Black, BBC, Hypocrisy, and FOI

Geoffrey Thorpe-Willett writes in with this: Following the Gleick incident Richard Black of the BBC thinks there is a lack of transparency for the organisations involved. I agree, and so I also tried to see how transparent the BBC were. … Continue reading

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Virginia AG loses in Mann-UVA litigation — with prejudice

JunkScience reports: The Virginia Supreme Court holds that the University of Virginia is not a “person” subject to a “Civil Investigative Demand” from the attorney general.

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Status Update on UVA/Mann FOIA legal fight

From ATI, Dr. David Schnare It appears UVA gave Michael Mann a copy of the documents we have sought and under law this means UVA waived its right to withhold the documents from us. UVA effectively admitted they gave the … Continue reading

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McIntyre catches the University of East Anglia in a web of lies

Some excerpts from McIntyre’s full broadside: —————————————————————————————— In today’s post, I’m going to discuss an important obiter in the ICO decision, an obiter in which the university unsuccessfully attempted to reconcile unequivocal declarations by both Acton and Muir Russell to … Continue reading

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Legal exemplars cited in Michael Mann’s UVA email case

Mann alludes to his “dirty laundry” which cannot come out, requesting his correspondent to not pass the email or the data attached to it to anyone else (PE-22). The Environmental Law Center of the American Tradition Institute PRESS RELEASE For … Continue reading

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PEERs rush in: Climate Science Legal Defense Fund

Andrew Revkin reports today on the engagement of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) to the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund created by Professor Scott Mandia, aka “Supermandia” as he sees himself in the photo below. From Scott Mandia’s blog-he … Continue reading

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FOI victory against Phil Jones, CRU, and UEA

Excerpts from Bishop Hill: A major FOI victory This post is a jointly written effort by myself and Don Keiller. Readers may remember the Information Commissioner’s ruling last year that UEA had to release the CRUTEM data sent by Phil Jones … Continue reading

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UK police seize computers of skeptic blogger in England

UPDATE: 12/21/11 4PM  -BBC covers Tallbloke, finally, Richard Black still silent-  Norfolk constabulary to share hand-off Climategate investigation, and  Greg Laden caves – see below Dec 14th -The first blogger to break the Climategate2 story has had a visit from … Continue reading

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IPCC declares itself exempt from FOIA laws

From Bishop Hill, such a short story that it is difficult to excerpt, and given the importance, and the continuation reference to the story I broke on WUWT, I don’t think he’ll mind if I repost in entirety. He writes: … Continue reading

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FOIA is not enough. Why not legally mandate transparency in climate research? A Modest Proposal…

Guest post by Professor Robert G. Brown of Duke University. Not all scientific research is equal, in terms of its probable impact on humanity.  If one is studying poison dart frog species in tropical rain forests, getting a number wrong … Continue reading

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Dr. James Hansen’s growing financial scandal, now over a million dollars of outside income

It seems esteemed NASA astronomer turned climatologist turned paid activist Dr. James Hansen of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) has not been reporting some income that he is required by law to do. How long will NASA continue … Continue reading

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Why I want Mike Mann’s Emails

By Dr. David Schnare N.B., Dr. Schnare is the lead attorney in the UVA-Mann email case. This week Nature Magazine published an editorial suggesting that “access to personal correspondence is a freedom too far” and that Michael Mann, whom they … Continue reading

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Michael Mann wades into the UVA thicket as intervenor

By Chris Horner, ATI Michael Mann made his way back to the Commonwealth of Virginia yesterday to watch his U.S. lawyer reprise the dark conspiracy theories previously weaved throughout his Canadian lawsuit against Tim Ball for repeating the old joke … Continue reading

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It’s libel – except when Mike does it

This Mann-made global warming lawsuit could backfire on the Penn State alarmist Guest post by Paul Driessen Lewis Carroll died too soon. Just imagine the fun he’d have with the cliquish clan of climate catastrophe researchers who seek to control … Continue reading

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BREAKING: An IPCC backchannel ‘cloud’ was apparently established to hide IPCC deliberations from FOIA.

UPDATE: (9:20 PST 10-17) the FOI request has been released, a copy of which is now linked below. This story will remain at the top of WUWT for a day or two. New stories will appear below this one. CEI … Continue reading

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Green FAIL – FOIA shows dangerous university biomass power plant fraught with problems, closures, explosion

USC’s biomass plant debacle How the university’s green dream went bust after three ‘potentially lethal accidents’ and a host of other problems By WAYNE WASHINGTON (The State Newspaper) On June 28, 2009, an explosion rocked the biomass-fueled power plant on … Continue reading

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Mann Fighting Release of UVA emails on Hockey stick

ATI Statement on Results from Today’s Hearing in Freedom of Information Act Case Against U. of Virginia FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, September 16, 2011 Contact: Paul Chesser, paul.chesser@atinstitute.org Today in Prince William County court Judge Gaylord Finch delayed arguments and the … Continue reading

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Mann fights against freedom of information

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, September 14, 2011 Contact: Paul Chesser, paul.chesser@atinstitute.org On September 2, lawyers for Dr. Michael Mann filed requests to allow them to intervene in American Tradition Institute’s Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against University of Virginia, citing Dr. Mann’s alleged … Continue reading

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