Hiding the Decline of Academic and Scientific Transparency

By on 8.27.11 | 2:34PM

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.

Elite Science’s Selective Outrage

By on 6.29.11 | 8:53PM

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.

Court Orders U. of Virginia to Produce Michael Mann Documents

By on 5.25.11 | 11:35AM

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:

We Took U. of Virginia to Court Over Michael Mann’s Records

By on 5.18.11 | 11:32AM

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:

Bird Brains and Others Defend Michael Mann

By on 4.15.11 | 2:30PM

Yesterday a dozen liberal and academic (but I repeat myself) groups rose in defense of Penn State Climategate scientist Michael Mann, making up reasons such as "academic freedom" to deny American Tradition Institute's request for Mann's emails and records from the University of Virginia, his previous employer. ATI, where I am executive director, is asking for similar records that Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has asked for under the state's Fraud Against Taxpayers Act, but has been denied so far by the university and lower courts.

Mann: From Transparency Champion to ‘Bully’ Victim

By on 1.7.11 | 1:10PM

As Chris Horner blogged yesterday, the Environmental Law Center at American Tradition Institute (where I am executive director) has requested under the state's Freedom of Information Act that the University of Virginia turn over documents and emails related to public grants sought by "hockey stick" scientist Michael Mann, who moved over to Penn State University a few years ago. UVA has been resisting (spending about $500,000 on outside lawyers for the effort) a similar, previous request by Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli, who is investigating Mann under the Fraud Against Taxpayers Act.

My Favorite End-of-Year List So Far

By on 12.30.10 | 1:38PM

They're not all predictions contained within this year, some time needed to pass to determine whether they came true, but has "Eight Botched Environmental Forecasts" posted today. Most are climate- (but not necessarily warming-)related, and the first is my favorite only because it received a hearty rebuke from this past month's weather, especially in much of the U.S. and Europe:

Within a few years "children just aren't going to know what snow is." Snowfall will be "a very rare and exciting event." Dr. David Viner, senior research scientist at the climatic research unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia, interviewed by the UK Independent, March 20, 2000.

UN IPCC Chair Unaware of Warming Absence

By on 12.2.10 | 4:52PM

The good people at Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow have attended the annual International Climate Change Conference for years now, and in Cancun this week they caught up with UN IPCC chairman Rajendra Pachauri:

When asked about the fact that there has been no statistically significant global warming for the past 15 years, Pachauri became evasive. Even Phil Jones, a climatologist at the University of East Anglia and a prominent global warming alarmist, admitted this fact in the wake of Climategate.

Reuters: Copenhagen Had Insufficiently Biased Journalism

By on 11.15.10 | 1:49PM

Reuters reports that Oxford University Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism has determined that news coverage of last December's climate summit in Copenhagen was insufficiently scientific. Turns out that pesky Climategate scandal led too many journalists to almost entirely ignore the Global Scientific Consensus in favor of discussing the emails about "hiding the decline" and beating up global warming skeptics:

Based on analysis of 400 articles written about the December 2009 summit, the authors of the report for Oxford University's Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism called for a rethinking of reporting on future such conferences.

Author James Painter concluded that "science was under-reported" as the essential backdrop when about 120 world leaders met in Copenhagen but were unable to agree on a binding treaty to slow climate change.