UCLA Ordered to Release Records Showing Coordination Between Law Enforcement to Attack ‘Climate Denialism’

Chris Horner’s Government Accountability and Oversight (GAO) organization has scored a win in its ongoing battle to uncover the reprehensible behavior of government institutions.

From Legal Newline

By Christin Nielsen Apr 15, 2022

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – A California court has ordered the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) to release records showing academics “going after climate denialism” in coordination with state and local prosecutors.

The decision by the Superior Court of California for the County of Los Angeles was made following a petition for a hearing submitted in January by Government Accountability and Oversight (GAO), a government watchdog group. The filings followed a previous Public Records Act request originally submitted in November 2019.

The suit seeks to compel the university to hand over documents believed to be in the public’s interest regarding efforts by UCLA professors to pursue opponents of their climate agenda.

The final ruling in the case, issued by Judge Mary H. Strobel on April 7, calls for The Regents of the University of California (“Regents”) to hand over copies of hundreds of pages of documents requested by GAO.

The order comes after GAO accused UCLA of “prolonged, deliberate and unjustified failure to timely respond to the CRPA [sic, CPRA] Requests” following UCLA’s ongoing refusal to release the requested documents.

In a trial brief filing, GAO said that in November 2019, they requested records “concerning the University’s work with private outside parties including law enforcement to develop theories of litigation against, and pursue as targets of investigation, perceived opponents of a political and policy agenda shared by these outside parties and certain faculty, and the University’s Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment (the ‘Emmett Center’) for which they work.”

The documents in question include communications between two individuals who, according to public records, are responsible for pushing the climate litigation efforts at UCLA, a public institution.


Apparently, UCLA used typical obstruction tactics to resist the release of the documents. The court was not having it.

While UCLA attempted to categorize many of the requested documents as “not public records,” the court stated that, per a previous filing, “the definition of ‘public records’ is ‘broad and intended to cover every conceivable kind of record that is involved in the governmental process.'”


The case may end up casting light upon the origins of Big Green.

As previously reported by Legal Newsline, the original PRA request was initiated after an agenda from a “secret meeting” at Harvard University was released by the Vermont Office of the Attorney General. Documents show that UCLA faculty participated in the meeting alongside climate activists, potential funders and law enforcement officials.

The meeting provided details about how the attendees could participate in state action against traditional “fossil fuel” energy companies.

The UCLA case has notable similarities to several others in which arrangements existed between academics, climate pressure groups and politically-motivated campaigns to pursue major carbon producers.

The GAO’s filings in the case also brought to light new information about the Enron origins of the climate industry and detailed a lengthy history between academics and climate pressure groups.

“Enron was the early ringleader of the global warming industry,” Christopher Horner, attorney and former senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, wrote in his declaration in the case.

Horner explained that Enron participated in meetings with climate pressure groups in Washington D.C and was working on a campaign “to ensure U.S participation in a ‘global warming’ treaty that several months later would be called the Kyoto Protocol.”

The Horner declaration also argues Enron fueled the development of the climate industry with the intent of profiting off of related mandates.


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Tom Halla
April 15, 2022 6:25 pm

Very extensive projection by the climate activists. They are engaged in a conspiracy with green NGOs, so of course their opponents must be involved in one, too.

Dave Fair
Reply to  Tom Halla
April 15, 2022 6:38 pm

Not only NGOs, but conspiracies with governmental entities including law enforcement. They are using the awesome power of the local, State and Federal governments to destroy their perceived enemies. I assume their delaying tactics are meant to drag things out beyond the various statutes of limitation.

Bryan A
Reply to  Dave Fair
April 15, 2022 9:25 pm

I believe that the Statutes of Limitations only applies to the time that passes from the time of an event to the time that an action is brought because of that event.
So long as the request was made before limitations could be applied, then potential limitations no longer apply no matter how much time passes after the request

Dave Fair
Reply to  Bryan A
April 16, 2022 2:15 pm

Uh, the request is not the governmental action triggering the end of the Statutes of Limitations period is not the initiation, IIRC.

Reply to  Bryan A
April 16, 2022 2:55 pm

I believe the statue of limitations starts when a crime is discovered, not when it actually occurs.

I remember reading about a robbery suspect who started bragging about his crime when he thought the statute of limitations had run out. Unfortunately for him, the crime occurred on a Saturday but wasn’t discovered until the following Monday. So he started bragging two days too soon. He was quickly arrested and charged,and later, convicted.

Rick C
April 15, 2022 6:53 pm

It took me a while to figure out the CRPA is a typo (I think) and should be CPRA for California Public Records Act. One would think that a legal group would be more careful in their press releases. But it is good news and we can hope that CEI’s efforts tp expose this corruption will result in appropriate sanctions.


Steve Case
Reply to  Rick C
April 15, 2022 6:59 pm

Thanks for saving me the trouble of trying to figure out what it was supposed to mean.

Reply to  Rick C
April 15, 2022 7:42 pm

I assumed it was CRAP.

Allen Stoner
April 15, 2022 7:03 pm

Big green is cover for big red. Makes a watermelon

Reply to  Allen Stoner
April 15, 2022 7:23 pm

More global warming…

Nino34 SST’s are still cold. This Spring should be late and cold (and wet?) on the Great Plains.

April 15, 2022 Cap Allon
Prior to this week, a half-inch was Wenatchee’s snowfall record for the month of April, but on Thursday alone, NWS meteorologists tallied 7-10 inches in town, with 16 inches settling just south of town.

Reply to  Charles Rotter
April 15, 2022 10:00 pm

The thread is about big green fraud.
My post provides further evidence of that big green fraud. Evidence trumps rhetoric.
The green fraudsters strictly ignore observations that disprove their false narrative. They no longer debate the science because they know they always lose. They just vilify and shout down their opponents.
There is never been any credible scientific evidence to support the CAGW hypothesis.
Arguments at the molecular scale are routinely disproved at the global scale. Such scale-up errors are routinely encountered in engineering.
The alarmists know that their climate models routinely and grossly over-state actual observations of warming, which are minor and not dangerous but are in fact beneficial.
Since about 2020, atmospheric CO2 concentrations have continue to increase, but the world has been getting colder, perhaps alarmingly so. The CAGW hypo thesis is being disapproved once again as we speak.

Reply to  Charles Rotter
April 16, 2022 1:28 pm

I do apologize Charles:
mea culpa, mea culpa,
mea máxima culpa.
I shall try to be more on-topic, and shall post less frequently, perhaps a lot less so.

Be at peace Charles, and thank you for all your work.

Happy Easter to all 🙂

Confíteor Deo omnipoténti
et vobis, fratres,
quia peccávi nimis
cogitatióne, verbo,
ópere et omissióne:
mea culpa, mea culpa,
mea máxima culpa.
Ideo precor beátam Maríam semper vírginem,
omnes angelos et sanctos,
et vos, fratres,
oráre pro me ad Dóminum Deum nostrum.

I confess to almighty God
and to you, my brothers and sisters,
that I have greatly sinned,
in my thoughts and in my words,
in what I have done and in what I have failed to do,
through my fault, through my fault,
through my most grievous fault;
therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin,
all the Angels and Saints,
and you, my brothers and sisters,
to pray for me to the Lord our God.


Dave Fair
Reply to  Charles Rotter
April 16, 2022 2:26 pm

What the hell are you two arguing about? Allan is certainty a knot-head, but it is a fact that temperatures do not follow CO2 is an established fact: Evidence early 20th and 21th Centuries.

Reply to  Dave Fair
April 17, 2022 3:56 pm

Name-calling Dave? I would say that is beneath you, but it’s not.
BTW, what have you done for humanity?
See https://energy-experts-international.com/
and https://CorrectPredictions.ca/

Dave Fair
Reply to  Allan MacRae
April 17, 2022 7:27 pm

Well, Allan, if I could find it I’d pull it out and compare it to yours. Humanity does just fine without my sticking my nose (or other appendages) where it doesn’t belong or is not wanted.

I’ll stick to cleaning up things in my AO. You know, like lowering power costs for my customers and providing needed new services. Small stuff where I don’t need to swing the big one around to get attention.

Reply to  Allan MacRae
April 15, 2022 11:25 pm

I dictated the above. Typo – disproved not disapproved.

April 15, 2022 7:34 pm

The question of whether a company or even a whole industry would create a bogus environmental crisis, made me think about the ozone hole.

A web search for freon patent ozone produces lots of hits.

The accusation is that DuPont, whose patent on freon was nearly expired, conspired with the EPA to ban freon. Then they could sell worse, more expensive chemicals, on which they held patents that would be in force for many years. (a patent lasts 20 years)

Loren C. Wilson
Reply to  commieBob
April 15, 2022 9:34 pm

Freon is a trade name owned by Du Pont (until it spun off the refrigerants business) and covers a whole family of refrigerants made by them. Other companies made the same refrigerants but had other trade names for them (Genetron = Honeywell). The general trade names of some of the “first generation” and now-banned refrigerants are R-11 (trichlorofluoromethane), R-12 (dichlorodifluoromethane), R-22 (chlorodifluoromethane) and R-115 (chloropentafluoroethane). R-502 was a mixture of R-22 and R115.

Has the change in refrigerants helped reduce the size of the ozone hole? Like you, I am skeptical that we are seeing anything more than natural variations. The hole has always been there.

Gregg Eshelman
Reply to  Loren C. Wilson
April 16, 2022 1:27 am

Energy from the Sun both makes and breaks apart ozone. The “holes” are where? Over the Earth’s poles, where the solar energy is least concentrated and half the year at each arctic zone there’s zero solar energy. Naturally there’s less ozone in the polar regions.

Izaak Walton
Reply to  commieBob
April 15, 2022 9:51 pm

It is always fun to try and guess how many posts it will take before somebody posts an easily disproved conspiracy theory.

Reply to  Izaak Walton
April 15, 2022 10:23 pm

Rather than making this statement, when not disprove the conspiracy theory. Should be easy.

Reply to  Retired_Engineer_Jim
April 16, 2022 3:00 pm

You are supposed to take Izaak at his word. If he says something is true, you are morally bound to agree with him. At least that’s what he seems to believe.

Phil Salmon
Reply to  Izaak Walton
April 15, 2022 11:40 pm

It is always fun to try and guess how many posts it will take before somebody posts an easily disproved conspiracy theory.

Something like “Exxon knew” you mean?

Reply to  Izaak Walton
April 16, 2022 2:08 am

In this case you should read the link I posted. It’s a great history lesson.

I don’t think anyone is accusing DuPont of cooking up the ozone hole. At the very least, they realized which side of the bread was buttered, and lobbied accordingly. History shows that the EPA was not deaf to the lobbying.

If I were going to strong man the case that it wasn’t a conspiracy, I would posit that the EPA totally banning freon immediately, without an available replacement, would have done great damage to humanity because refrigeration is a basic human right, so they couldn’t do that. 🙂

Reply to  commieBob
April 16, 2022 11:27 am

History lesson? The ozone hole came in to awareness as a result of the SST. The question raised was what would happen when all these supersonic aircraft were flying in the stratosphere? How to measure it? Use a trace gas? How about Freon 12? What would Freon 12 do to the ozone in the stratosphere? Could Rowland and Molina do a research project on the reaction?

PS: The ozone hole was discovered in the 30s in the Antarctic.

Reply to  Mason
April 17, 2022 4:08 am

The history I was referring to was about the machinations around the EPA ban of freon. It was a great deal more complicated than I knew about.

Reply to  commieBob
April 17, 2022 4:03 pm

Having lived it, I can say it was quite complicated.

Reply to  commieBob
April 17, 2022 4:04 pm

I was working on a timeline that got changed constantly.

Reply to  Mason
April 17, 2022 4:21 am

The ozone hole was discovered in the 30s in the Antarctic.

This is entirely correct. It was discovered by Charles Dobson himself, the father of atmospheric ozone studies.

The existence of the Ozone Hole before the commercialization of CFC’s demonstrates definitively that the phenomenon has nothing to do with the latter.

Reply to  commieBob
April 16, 2022 7:37 pm

All it takes is a good story and promise of $$$$ to a congressman / senator and lo and behold a crisis develops !

Reply to  Izaak Walton
April 16, 2022 3:15 am

Like Benghazi was started by an internet video?

Reply to  Izaak Walton
April 16, 2022 2:59 pm

Isn’t it amazing how leftists don’t believe they actually have to disprove conspiracy theories. They believe that the act of labeling something, is the equivalent to disproving it.

Reply to  MarkW
April 17, 2022 4:13 am

They concoct simple explanations and stick with them no matter how much contrary evidence piles up. They are disconnected from reality in a pathological way. ie. They are literally insane.

Reply to  Izaak Walton
April 16, 2022 5:29 pm

you’re saying it’s a conspiracy ? prove it !

Reply to  commieBob
April 16, 2022 11:14 am

Yep, you are a little off. The patents would have expired in the 40s. The word FreonTM is a trademark. Freon like Xerox has been so overused without the TM that enforcement is almost useless.

Reply to  Mason
April 17, 2022 4:39 am

I forgot to post the link and nobody called me on it.

The link says the patent was issued in 1928 and I think patents lasted 17 years then. So, the original patent would have expired in 1945.

Having said the above, companies often file related patents when the original patent is about to expire. Here’s a story about the large number of patents to protect HFOs.

Reply to  commieBob
April 17, 2022 4:00 pm

Midgely developed the original patents. We filed patents on the new ones in the 90s. Every time we filed, I went on record of saying we won’t get this one. Then we did. I was involved in patent defenses around the globe. There were no patent extensions on the original gases. And Midgely filed for most of the HCFCs at the same time as the ones for F11, F12, F114, F115 etc. A real SME here.

Reply to  Mason
April 17, 2022 6:51 pm

Some companies are just really good at getting patents. There’s one local company where it feels like even the janitor must have a few patents to his name. 🙂

April 15, 2022 7:43 pm

‘ The irony is that Enron was bankrupted by its “green” strategy. Enron purchased natural gas futures on the assumption that the environmental groups they were funding would succeed in raising the price of natural gas by restricting the use of coal and oil. The strategy failed and Enron was forced to purchase natural gas at prices much higher than prevailing market prices.

Reply to  Mohatdebos
April 16, 2022 5:38 am


April 15, 2022 8:03 pm

Opinions gone crazy. Shows the power of politics to over ride common sense.

ray g
April 15, 2022 9:35 pm

CPRA put another way CRAP

Mike McMillan
April 15, 2022 10:47 pm

Good work by Chris Horner.

April 15, 2022 11:48 pm

Let’s hope that they can closely link the Climatologists to Enron and and their practices.
Maybe the fraud will start to unravel!

April 16, 2022 4:49 am

Really? So, one of the epicenters of defund police is actually in collusion with police. How typically hypocritical.

Richard Page
Reply to  2hotel9
April 16, 2022 3:40 pm

Epicentre? Core, nexus or base might make more sense where you’re not talking about an actual geographical location.

Reply to  Richard Page
April 17, 2022 5:18 am

Epicenter works, leftist ideology is a series of destructive earthquakes in human societies, where it erupts it spreads in all directions wreaking havoc on all societal structures it encounters Yep, epicenter is a fitting term.

April 17, 2022 6:37 am

Moo, Moo… Hear those taxpayers just crying to be milked?

April 25, 2022 1:04 pm

Just another example proving ucla Sucks.

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