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Saturday, December 31, 2011

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Texas Tech ignores request for Gingrich book records

Controversial activist professor claims to have spent 100+ hours on chapter suddenly dropped from upcoming book

WASHINGTON — American Tradition Institute, a non-profit research institute dedicated to restoring science, liberty and accountability to the environmental debate, filed on Dec. 10 a Public Information Act request with Texas Tech University relating to collaboration on a book, using public time and resources, between “climate” activist Professor Katharine Hayhoe and presidential candidate Newt Gingrich.

Texas Tech was to produce responsive records by early last week. To date, ATI has not received a response.

“This is a matter of significant public interest, as Mr. Gingrich’s views and past activism on the ‘climate’ issue receive scrutiny by voters seeking to assess his judgment and compatibility with their views,” said Chris Horner, ATI’s Senior Director of Litigation.

Hayhoe, who preaches that human activity is destroying the climate and that Christian stewardship compels acceptance of the ‘climate’ agenda, had been publicly identified as a contributor to Gingrich’s forthcoming book “Environmental Entrepreneurs.” Hayhoe had gained notoriety for urging evangelical Christians into supporting the controversial, costly and according to all computer models, climatically meaningless ‘climate’ agenda.  News outlets now report that Gingrich, under fire for his left-of-center views on the environment from presidential competitors and Tea Party activists, quickly deep-sixed Hayhoe’s chapter last week.

“Nice to hear that Gingrich is tossing my #climate chapter in the trash. 100+ unpaid hrs I cd’ve spent playing w my baby,” Hayhoe posted on her Twitter account Dec. 30.

ATI requested all emails to or from any Texas Tech email account used by Hayhoe (including as “cc”,) and either or both Gingrich and his co-author Terry Maple.

ATI also requested all emails sent or received by Hayhoe citing or referring to one or more of the following: Newt Gingrich (or “Newt” or “Gingrich”), Terry Maple (or “Terry”, or “Maple”), American Solutions (including in the email address/domain), and/or “Environmental Entrepreneurs”.

With time of the essence and the law very clear, ATI questions any further delays by Texas Tech in coming into compliance with its obligations, and calls on the university to promptly produce these records the public paid for and have a right to see.

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I don’t trust Newt on this issue (and the border issue as well). That’s too bad because he’s a sharp guy and has lots of experience.

Pat Moffitt

I’m not exactly sure where I draw the line for FOIA and while this example may be legally within FOIA’s scope- to me- this request falls into the “Did you really need to send an FOIA about this?” I worry similar FOIA’s may eventually hurt our ability (and credibility) to demand more important things like code and raw data sets.

So sad, personally I kinda like Newt, I’d have loved to have him as a 101 Southern Political History instructor, beyond that…. maybe not.

. . . . “Newt’s climate train wreck”
Hmmm … where is this Newt’s “train wreck”?
Dismissed on account of “failure to show connection or relevancy” …
(The beef seems to be with Texas Tech University.)

I try and stay from the politics of place I do not live in or vote in. That said N.G. has painted himself in a ideological box year ago. His handlers know he is unelectable unless they can tone down the extreme and at least give the smoke and mirrors impression of moderation. Like the tail of emperors’ and new cloths it is a fools task.

Eye of NEWT, eye of TOAD…Hum, as I recall one energy saving idea out of NEWT was ‘giant space mirrors” for night time illumination…
I’m sure he’d have NO trouble positioning them himself, being already in close proximity..


HalfEmpty you are right. Newt desire to glom onto any titillating idea before digesting it completely makes him too mercurial for the brass ring he is currently aiming for.


Unpaid hours? Well, maybe we’ll see.


Where’s Obama in all this? Hiding in the golf club, and wincing at any mention of Keystone.

joe ptak

In my humble opinion, GOV. RICK PERRY is most qualified to
be the next POTUS, Commander-in-Chief, and leader of the FREE WORLD.
No other individual running for POTUS is better prepared, tested, and PROVEN to be the REAL leader that America needs in this juncture of our history. We are talking about electing a man that will lead and govern a nation with the 3rd largest population in the world…over 300,000,000 Americans. Furthermore, we are talking about electing the leader, of the WORLD’S LARGEST ECONOMY, and the world’s ONLY SUPERPOWER.
For the last 11-years, GOV. RICK PERRY has successfully governed the state with the 2nd largest population in our country…a state with 25,000,000 people. In addition, Texas is the world’s 16th largest economy…bigger than a majority of the countries worldwide (including Israel). Texas has a 1200 mile border with a foreign country, it has coastlines and seaports, produces oil in vast quantities, it has more clean energy windmills than any other state in the country, it has 20,000 National Guard/Reserves troops…including numerous major military installations, and Space Center to boot.
GOVERNOR RICK PERRY has served his country as a military officer and pilot in the USAF. Very importantly, there will be NO DOWN TIME in our country for any ON-THE-JOB TRAINING with GOV. RICK PERRY.
RICK PERRY’S moral character, belief in God, and CAN DO attitude…will guide him well…as our future POTUS.

Doug Proctor

We – all of us, not just the voting American public – have a right to know when our “leaders” are lying to us. Bush/Blair got the West into Iraq with out-and-out lies about Saddam and his non-existent WMD. If Newt is lying when he says he supports CO2 legislation but doesn’t, the pro-agenda people have a right to know he lies, and if he is lying when he says he doesn’t support the legislation, the anti-agenda people have a right to know that, too.
The FOIA concept is to stop the lying endemic in public discourse by letting the potential liers know the truth will out. If they stump for a position, they’d better have done their homework and stand by their conclusions. Yes, there is a danger in shutting down the process by overwhelming the system with requests, some of which will be frivolous. But that is because, until now, access to records has been difficult, slow and easy to discourage. Lies, manipulations and deceit have worked very well to keep the political machines running – consider Blair’s admission that the British FOIA, in his opinion, interferes with “good” government. Only when enough politicians and others with personal and business agendas feel real threat should they step over the line, will the line-crossing reduce.
Accountability should be the price for power and position. The FOIA laws are the first tool any of us outside of the inner circles have of implementing what should, morally, be already commonplace.


The fact that this flip-flopping hypocrite is even relevant is a sad commentary on current Republican politics – as is most of their current crop of leadership wannabes.

Gosh golly Gee we really need an Evangelical climate scientist hurling a crock of hooey into the debate. On second thought it’s probably more honest than the other bunch who cloak religion in the guise of science. But Old Newt sees the light, perhaps, but just like any politician he knows what’s good for him, and as AGW falls from favor, he shifts his platform. I’m sure there are more than a few Republicans raising their eyebrows at what might be perceived to be an inconsistency in policy?


OT … Here in southern Alberta there is a large population of deeply devout Christians of assorted denominations. Most believe it is arrogant to think humans can manipulate climate and that what happens with weather and climate is in the hands of God. They do not accept AGW and believe we have no business meddling. Several have congratulated me for my “letters to the editor” because I do not believe in AGW for assorted scientific/factual reasons. I have explained my agnostic religious views to them, but we still agree that man has little influence on climate. We have different religious beliefs, but they are great allies.

Pamela Gray

Newt has been in the government version of the ivory tower so long his brain isn’t filled with gray matter, it’s filled with chameleon color. He will be whatever you want him to be, regardless of pledges to be this or that. This time I am voting for someone who has stood on just one side of the climate fence. If there is such a person. They all seem to have the rail shoved up between their legs.

Al Gored

For much more on what a complete hack Hayhoe is, Steven Goddard’s realscience site has an abundance of examples.
As soon as I had heard about Newt’s links to her I immediately began hoping for what is now happening. That is, Newt is toast.

Paul Westhaver

Newt’s behavior on this issue is disquieting. I know this is not a political blog and I am not an American citizen and have no right to be involved in American politics, so I observe in reference to the climate discussion that Newt should stick to what he knows something about before he steps in and sh*ts it all up for himself, his party and the American people.
He is so sharp and witty and so many issues… how can he be so ZANY and off-the-rails on this?
This revelation, that his has been conspiring with that global warming evangelical, puts him in a category and fundamentally untrustworthy and should be forthwith shunned but the republican party.
I have no problem with religious advocacy. I have a big problem with science being turned into a religion and this woman Katharine Hayhoe (an IPCC reviewer no less) pursues her interests with abandon and claims that science was somehow involved. She is undisciplined in her reasoning and shockingly obsessed with AGW as being a fact, which exposes the inappropriateness of her involvement with the IPCC.
Mysticism is great. Many of the religions in the world do great things. Many religious people have contributed profoundly to science (Bacon, Newton, Pascal, Copernicus, LeMaitre… etc). These great people were able to understand the fundamental necessity of the scientific method and allow their inspirations to be judged by the rigors of proof and evidence. Hayhoe is a delirious and spooky global warming robot with unrestrained religious enthusiasm about it.
Therefore the fact that an aspiring PRESIDENT would engage such an inappropriate extremist nullifies his suitability to be the republican nominee.
My son has a copy of one of his books signed in person by Newt at CPAC, and we think the world of Newt…. but this is the last straw. Newt….you are done.


The professor doesn’t belong in the White House.


Good grief…..she had a baby in the shape this planet is in
…we can hope it skips a generation
Whining because her chapter was axed….tuff tooties

Ray Donahue

Newt is a professonal, lifetme politician. He will back whatever he thinks necessary to gain power and retain it. An ethically challenged D.C. “insider”. Just like about 90% of our elected officials. I am, by the way, rather conservative in my views . I don’t know where the qualified and patriotic conservative candidates are, but Newt is just more of the status quo.


Newt (and other politicians) sell their souls for 30 pieces of silver so often it is amazing they have anything left.
Ron Paul 2012!
I really hope he can pull it off. A breath of fresh air and some real positive changes would be a nice change from all the For-Sale-icians out there.


Hoser says:
January 1, 2012 at 1:47 pm
The professor doesn’t belong in the White House.
Which one? The Law Professor or the History Prof? Or was that rhetorical?


I think Ron Paul is the best man for the job. He is the only one talking sense.
Ron Paul 2012 !


I lost almost all respect for Newt when he sat on the “global warming love seat” with Pelosi. I just couldn’t believe that commercial when I saw it. Still can’t believe he did that. We now know that Newt has has bought into AGW. Too bad he didn’t sit on the love seat with Al Gore. That would have shut him out of the race entirely, and none of this would be a problem. Still, he’d make a far better president than Obama. I really do not want to hold my nose and vote for yet another stinking RINO, but looks like that’s exactly what it will come down to. Again.


If you hire a company to do the roof on your house, are you not allowed to verify that they did the job correctly? After all, if you are paying for it with your money, you have the inherent right to ensure that you get what you are paying for.
Any company, government entity, or employee that receives PUBLIC money should be required, under penalty of imprisonment to produce any and all work or correspondence for PUBLIC scrutiny.
If the public picks up the tab, it is our information. We paid for it.

Justa Joe

Paul Westhaver says:
January 1, 2012 at 1:40 pm
This revelation, that his has been conspiring with that global warming evangelical, puts him in a category and fundamentally untrustworthy and should be forthwith shunned but the republican party.
This is already underway. Newt was pressured into cutting ties with Ms. Hayhoe, but the damage has already been done.
I’m a huge Chris Horner fan and a believer in pushing back against the climate alarmists, who have until now a free hand to spew propaganda without accountability, but I don’t see what Horner can accomplish with this action. Hayhoe only has to claim that she did her Newt Chapter on her own time and the whole excercise will appear like the skeptics are harrassing Hayhoe over nothing.

Luther Wu

“Nice to hear that Gingrich is tossing my #climate chapter in the trash. 100+ unpaid hrs I cd’ve spent playing w my baby,” Hayhoe posted on her Twitter account Dec. 30.
Twitter’s just the right forum for this Hayhoe twit.
What about the countless unpaid hours that all of us will have to work to pay the debt from the global warming boondoggles forced on us by the stupidity of people like her?

R. Gates

A Classical Washington insider move. Find out where the beliefs of your base are trending, and then cover any tracks that might show you out of step with those beliefs. Of course, what the base believes and what reality is are often quite different. Either way, the Newster’s move is classic but he still remains unelectable.


Hayhoe has a company selling alarmist computer simulations.
Don’t know whether she has customers, though. Just like Hansen, there’s a massive conflict of interest. I wouldn’t call her a twit but a person trying to game the system for all its worth. She has understood the propagandistic value of posing as a scientist to drive money her way, and the legality of it.
Undermines the credibility of science further, of course. Also: has this person, who pretends to be a scientist, ever discovered anything? She’s the modern type of publically funded parasite pseudoscientist.

Bill Parsons

Newt expressed his views on climate change in this bizarre 2008 video with Nanci Pelosi. Sitting together on a couch in front of the U.S. Capitol Building, they take turns speaking. “We may disagree on some issues…” Nancy concedes with a big grin, “But, Newt continues, “…we do agree, our country must take action to address climate change…” Camera moves back to show our nations capitol, and the two speakers together with their collegial smiles.
To understand today’s Newt, we need to compare his earlier Cassandraism with the position being espoused last week in the Wall Street Journal editorial, a well-written anti-Obama screed in which he touts his “…unwavering opposition to cap and trade and any other form of tax on energy…”
I believe it was Emerson who said, “a foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds,” but Gingrich wants to make unsteadiness the new fashion. Changing your mind on an issue is one thing. Pretending your past positions and statements don’t exist in order to appear consistent is something else.

John Cooper

Hey-Ho, your chapter’s got to go!

Luther Wu

R. Gates says:
January 1, 2012 at 2:53 pm
A Classical Washington insider move. Find out where the beliefs of your base are trending, and then cover any tracks that might show you out of step with those beliefs. Of course, what the base believes and what reality is are often quite different. Either way, the Newster’s move is classic but he still remains unelectable.
You are correct.
Newt’s embrace of the Global Warming agenda was nothing short of scurrilous opportunism.


Ron Paul 2012


TRM says:
January 1, 2012 at 1:52 pm
Newt (and other politicians) sell their souls for 30 pieces of silver so often it is amazing they have anything left.
Ron Paul 2012!

Given the choice between anyone else and Ron Paul, I might support Ron even if we differ on many policy issues. AFAICT Ron Paul is honest and hasn’t taken the 30 pieces of silver. Dennis Kucinich seems to be the same. Both men will vote, sometimes together, for the interests of the republic and against the interests of whoever bought the rest of the congress critters.
Larry Lessig has pointed his finger directly at the corruption that has made it almost impossible for honest politicians to get elected. I hope lots of people notice.


Newt doesn’t stand a snowballs chance in hell of be the Republican nominee. Too many skeletons in his closet, and nobody believes his “Born Again” BS.
I haven’t seen any wannabe’s or incumbents that are worth the powder to blow them to hell.
This is what people should be using as a benchmark for them, but everybody seems focused on hair or grin.
GOD, give us men! A time like this demands
Strong minds, great hearts, true faith and ready hands;
Men whom the lust of office does not kill;
Men whom the spoils of office can not buy;
Men who possess opinions and a will;
Men who have honor; men who will not lie;
Men who can stand before a demagogue
And damn his treacherous flatteries without winking!
Tall men, sun-crowned, who live above the fog
In public duty, and in private thinking;
For while the rabble, with their thumb-worn creeds,
Their large professions and their little deeds,
Mingle in selfish strife, lo! Freedom weeps,
Wrong rules the land and waiting Justice sleeps.
Josiah Gilbert Holland

Just another to be expected example of politicians following the money train. Gee golly whiz, anyone else come to mind?……

commieBob said @ January 1, 2012 at 3:10 pm
“Given the choice between anyone else and Ron Paul, I might support Ron even if we differ on many policy issues. AFAICT Ron Paul is honest and hasn’t taken the 30 pieces of silver. Dennis Kucinich seems to be the same.”
OMG! Two honest politicians!
Do we have any advance on two honest politicians? Going once, twice, [BANG].
There being no further bids, two honest politicians go to commieBob.


Paul Westhaver says:
January 1, 2012 at 1:40 pm
Hammer meets nail.
I think you got it.


Hayhoe is a crackpot that regularly makes up facts and figures. She is a hoaxster who uses fraudulent historical data, made up or altered by herself and others, in order to verify her premise that the current weather is the most extreme in the last 12,000 years, more or less.
She has been amply rewarded for this alarmism cum fraud for years by left wing politicians and foundations.

old engineer

I am not sure I have this straight. Is this the what is happening?
(1)Newt is writing a book entitled “Environmental Entrepreneurs.”
(2)Prof. Hayhoe is contributor (author?) to one planned chapter of the book, which Newt is now going to leave out..
(3)Given Prof. Hayhoe’s publicly professed views on AGW, the ATI wants to know what was in the chapter that was left out.
(4)From her email Prof. Hayhoe seems ticked off about her contribution being left out.
My question: What kind of agreement does she have with Newt that would prevent her from repackaging her contribution to the chapter and publishing it herself? The ATI is apparently trying to expose Newt as agreeing with Prof. Hayhoe. But, Prof. Hayhoe seems perfectly comfortable with her views, whether Newt agrees with her or not. So this all about ATI going after Newt. Not about FOI.
For the record, Newt lost my support after the commercial with Pelosi.

Aussie Luke Warm

Fascinating. How the ground has shifted. Pretty much all Republican candidates are now openly eschewing the “climate change” band wagon. Democrats, including President Obama, appear to be opting for qualified motherhood statements only strategies. I was highly impressed by Gov. Perry’s statement on “global warming” some months ago but unfortunately that seems to have been his strongest suit. Does he not deserve high accolades, nevertheless, for starting the stampede?

Daryl McCann

Why gamble your children’s future. Do what you can now.
The scientific community has determined that global warming is happening. As well, it is being exacerbated by our way of living and it is far worse than they had originally calculated. We are approaching a serious tipping point when there will be very little we can do to stop horrible environmental catastrophes that could effectively destroy all human life within this century. It is the duty of every human being to do what he or she can to stop this tragedy. We will not effectively do this until our nation’s governments do the following. Each official or those running for office must:
1. Publicly declare that they recognize global warming as a real phenomenon.
2. Publicly declare that man-made activities are increasing global warming.
3. Pledge to reduce our CO2 emissions by 50% within the next five years. (Effectively, their next term in office.)
5. Pledge not to alter their stance and policy on this matter.
6. Pledge to stimulate effective, non-greenhouse gas emitting energy alternatives and technologies.
7. Pledge to remove all subsidies and tax breaks for dirty energy such as coal, oil and natural gas, except when those subsidies are utilized to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 50% or more.
8. Pledge to apply tariffs on products produced in countries that do not take the same course of action and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 50%.
Please got to: and sign the petition today and send it on to all in your contact list.
Thank you for your help.


Chris Horner is a NRO Romney hack … shame on you for taking the bait …

: I happen to know Chris Horner personally and it has always been about the climate issue, I’ve never seen nor heard a single Romney related word from him. And, this issue with Newt and climate preceded Romney entering the presidential race going back to the love seat climate commercial with Nancy Pelosi. Be as upset as you wish – Anthony


Observation from afar – Newt is probably way the smartest of the contenders, but he seems to lack a moral, or even political, compass. What was he thinking getting involved with Hayhoe in the first place?

Robert of Ottawa

This is proof that NG is apolitician, first and foremost. WHen it was trendy to be a Warmista, he was; now he understands that it is not cool to be a Repub Warmista. So, he no longer is. However, he shows himself to beno more than a political hack.


Any chance Hayhoe would like to publish here?
Is there a site that shows what the candidates’ stances are on miportant issues? I sure haven’t found one that I trust, yet. Anybody know where I can find a table of [Republican] candidate platforms?

Al Gored

Daryl McCann says:
January 1, 2012 at 3:57 pm
You ought to pledge not to be such a complete dupe and useful idiot for the AGW industry. Do it for your children.


Daryl McCann says:
January 1, 2012 at 3:57 pm
LOL! Drill here. Drill now.

Robert of Ottawa

Even assuming there actually is global warming, please explain how it is man-made. Also, how is it different from previous periods of global warming. Also, for bonus points, explain how a warmer planet, and more CO2, are bad.