That's what University of Virginia continues to do, as my colleague at American Tradition Institute Chris Horner explains today in Washington Examiner. Earlier this week UVA -- as required by a court order -- delivered records relating to Climategate "Hockey Stick" chart creator Michael Mann that ATI asked for in January under a Freedom of Information Act request.
I've been tough (I think) in challenging former Minnesota Gov. (and now presidential candidate) Tim Pawlenty about his past support for cap-and-trade and policies to constrain carbon dioxide emissions. In December 2009, when he first started visiting New Hampshire, he was still talking like CO2 was pollution, and still failed to remove his state from the Midwestern Greenhouse Gas Accord:
Hey, it was the best eye-catching headline I could come up with since my John Locke Foundation friend and former colleague Roy Cordato nailed it with, "Obama Administration Trades Blood for Oil." As he explains:
While the country was focused on the debt extension deal being hashed out between Congress and the White House, President Obama reached an agreement with the auto industry to raise what are called Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards. These are laws that mandate the average mileage that a fleet of cars sold by a particular manufacturer must achieve. Under these new rules, the fleet standard would increase to 54.5 mpg by 2025. Just for comparison, the 2011 2-passenger Smart Cart is advertising 41 mpg on the highway. The problem is that if automobiles are going to meet this standard, the auto companies will have to seriously downsize their fleet. The reason why the Smart Car even gets the mileage it does is because it's so small and light...
GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney has asked Politico (which failed to "regret the error") to correct a quote cited in no less than six of its articles about his position on global warming. Here's how Politico has been relaying it:
"I think it's important for us to reduce our emissions of pollutants, of greenhouse gases..."
Romney's campaign said it should read:
"I think it's important for us to reduce our emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases..."
The campaign contends there is an "important distinction" between pollutants and greenhouse gases, in the context of global warming and regulation of the invisible gases:
"Gov. Romney does not think greenhouse gases are pollutants within the meaning of the Clean Air Act, and he does not believe that the EPA should be regulating them," said Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul. "CO2 is a naturally occurring gas. Humans emit it every time they exhale."
Today the board of directors of American Association for the Advancement of Science announced they'd had enough of scrutiny of the pioneers of global warming propagandism, particularly when it comes to the work of Climategater Michael Mann and the hockey stick chart he made up (flatlining the Medieval Warming Period) when he was at the University of Virginia, and also the outside wealthmaking of NASA stargazer Dr. James Hansen.
As I mentioned last week, the American Tradition Institute's Environmental Law Center took the University of Virginia to court yesterday in Prince William County to ask a judge to force the release of documents of Climategate scientist Michael Mann, from his tenure there years ago. We asked for the records more than four months ago. Our court hearing was yesterday.
As you will see in this excerpt from our press release today, UVA has been less than cooperative:
That would be Duke Energy, the utility that lobbies to raise your electric bills and is financially backing the Democrats' 2012 convention in Charlotte, which last week saw the Indiana State Ethics Commission fine a former lawyer of theirs and ban him from future employment with the state. Scott Storms had previously been a top lawyer for the state Utility Regulatory Commission, and was punished for negotiating with Duke for a job while working on their rate cases while still with IURC. The evidence shows that other top Duke officials were also cozy with their regulators while trying to gain cost recovery for their troubled Edwardsport coal gasification power plant, which I detail today at the National Legal & Policy Center blog.
Back in 2006 a few environmentalists produced the Evangelical Climate Initiative, which with the help of the media, portrayed the mainstream of Evangelicalism as onboard with global warming alarmism. It was a wholeheartedly deceptive document, with the names of about 190 Christian leaders -- mostly proponents of a liberal "social gospel" message rather than a literal interpretation of the Bible -- collected secretly as signatories, without consultation from what most people properly recognize as conservative mainstream of Evangelicalism. I wrote about the effort at the time for American Spectator Online.
We (American Tradition Institute's Environmental Law Center) figured four-plus months and $4,000 was enough to give the University of Virginia to start producing the records we requested that pertain to their former Climategate scientist Michael Mann -- you know, Mr. Transparency -- so on Monday we asked a judge to force the issue: