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Climate Scientists Under Attack: Fear Not. Reinforcements Have Arrived.

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Joshua Wolfe and I are very pleased to announce the official launch of the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund (CSLDF) home page. CSLDF is now a project of the non-profit group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). The official press release announcing this strategic alliance can be read here and here as well as in this post below.

Please spread the word to all so that CSLDF can grow its support base. Cross-post the press release, FaceBook it, Tweet it, e-mail it, etc. to all of your contacts and tell them to do the same.  Let us send a strong message to those that have harrassed and attacked our scientific experts and dissuaded countless others from entering the field of climate science.

Read on for the press release…

CLIMATE SCIENCE LEGAL DEFENSE FUND GETS NEW BACKING

PEER Sponsors Effort to Counter Fossil-Fueled Attacks on Climate Scientists

Washington, DC — The Climate Science Legal Defense Fund (CSLDF) has found a non-profit home in Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) which provides it fiscal sponsorship and logistical support. CSLDF lets scientific colleagues and the public directly help climate scientists protect themselves and their work from industry-funded legal attacks.

In recent years, these legal attacks have intensified, especially against climate scientists. The fund is designed to help scientists like Professor Michael Mann cope with the legal fees that stack up in fighting attempts by climate-contrarian groups to gain access to private emails and other correspondence through lawsuits and Freedom of Information Act requests at their public universities.

The project is co-directed by physical sciences Professor Scott Mandia of Suffolk County Community College and Joshua Wolfe, co-author of “Climate Change: Picturing the Science.” The Fund started this past fall after Prof. Mandia posted a “Dear Colleague” appeal for support which generated more than $10,000 in less than 24 hours (http://bit.ly/qzg7X4). To date, CSLDF has raised $25,000. All contributions to CSLDF are tax-deductible.

“Academic salaries are not designed to support ongoing legal expenses in fights with corporate-funded law firms and institutes,” said Prof. Mandia. “These legal battles also have taken many of our brightest scientific minds away from their research.”

“Our goal is not only to defend the scientist but to protect the scientific endeavor,” explained Wolfe. “The Climate Science Legal Defense Fund was established to make sure that these legal claims are not viewed as an action against one scientist or institution but as actions against the scientific endeavor as a whole.”

In addition to its core mission of defraying legal fees, CSLDF will –

• Educate researchers about their legal rights and responsibilities on issues surrounding their work;

• Serve as a clearinghouse for information related to legal actions taken against scientists; and

• Recruit and assist lawyers representing these scientists.

“The Climate Science Legal Defense Fund dovetails with the mission of PEER – to protect those who protect our environment,” stated PEER executive Director Jeff Ruch. “When individual researchers find themselves under intense legal assault, they often have few resources. Their universities do not necessarily represent their interests and may be disinclined to resist corporate fishing expeditions. We are stepping into this void to provide direct aid to both the scientists and their institutions.”

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Visit the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund website

http://climatesciencedefensefund.org/

Support climate scientists – give to the fund

https://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/823/p/salsa/donation/common/public/?donate_page_KEY=7935


My other blog posts about CSLDF:

Climate Scientists Defense Fund – Please Help

Climate Science Legal Defense Fund – Spread the Word & Logo

Mike Mann’s Thank You Letter to Supporters


Other coverage of the press release:

The New York Times

Climate Wire

Politico

Physics Today

Climate Denial Crock of the Week

Climate Progress

Climate Central

Mother Jones

Climate Science Watch

Bad Astronomy (Discover Magazine)

Summit County Citizens Voice

BigCityLib Strikes Back

Crikey

Daily Kos

E Magazine

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Written by Scott Mandia

January 25, 2012 at 6:07 am

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  1. Well done to all involved. This is surely needed.

    Can I ask if the work of this fund is restricted to the USA? If so, do we need to start an equivalent fund in the UK (to which I’d willingly contribute).

    John Russell

    January 25, 2012 at 6:28 am

  2. […] Scott Mandia: Washington, DC — The Climate Science Legal Defense Fund (CSLDF) has found a non-profit home in Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) which provides it fiscal sponsorship and logistical support. CSLDF lets scientific colleagues and the public directly help climate scientists protect themselves and their work from industry-funded legal attacks. […]

  3. DotEarth:

    http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/25/a-legal-defense-fund-for-climate-scientists/

    You have been dissed by none other than Bob Austin, who thinks the money should go to the likes of Tim Ball! (lots of comments in waiting, so don’t worry the nonsense will be answered)

    I talked with them a couple days ago and PEER sounds just great!

    Susan Anderson

    January 26, 2012 at 6:00 pm


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