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Senator James Inhofe’s Sneer-Reviewed Science

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After an exhaustive review of peer-reviewed scientific studies included in the 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports; four reports by the National Research Council (NRC), a division of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences; 20 federal studies; and the international Arctic Climate Impact Assessment, the EPA concluded:

that the current and projected concentrations of the six key well-mixed greenhouse gases — carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), perfluorocarbons (PFCs), and sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) — in the atmosphere threaten the public health and welfare of current and future generations.” 

(See Endangerment and Cause or Contribute Findings for Greenhouse Gases under Section 202(a) of the Clean Air Act for the details.)

The EPA was correct in relying on the IPCC and NRC reports because these reports represent our current understanding of climate change science so they must be used to inform policy.  Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) suggests otherwise.  His position is nonsensical and completely disrespects thousands of international experts and their fields of expertise.

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Written by Scott Mandia

September 28, 2011 at 10:57 am

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Climate Science Legal Defense Fund – Spread the Word & Logo

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Climate Science Legal Defense Fund Logo

Climate Science Legal Defense Fund Logo

Update (01/22/12): Visit the new home page for Climate Science Legal Defense Fund at http://climatesciencedefensefund.org/.  If you are using the CSLDF banner above on a Web page please edit the link to point to the new URL.

Update (12/21/11): The Climate Science Legal Defense Fund (CSLDF) is now an affiliate of the non-profit Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) so I have removed the Pay Pal button from the donation pageDonations are now tax-deductible and can be sent to PEER.  For those with a Pay Pal account, please send donations to info@peer.org and be sure to record “CSLDF donation” in the memo field.  Donations can also be mailed to PEER at the address below.  Be sure to record “CSLDF donation” in the memo line of your check.

Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER)
2000 P Street, NW
Suite 240
Washington, DC 20036

John Abraham and I are grateful for the generous response to our appeal for legal defense fund support. We are happy to inform everyone that we have met, and exceeded the initial goal of $10,000. This appeal is a great start for a long-term plan to develop a permanent fund for defending scientists against these attacks. Consequently, we are working to develop a funding structure that allows donations to be made to a 501c3 non-profit entity.

All funds that are in excess of those currently needed will be placed into this entity for future use defending climate scientists. We believe that the existence of this fund will send a strong message that groups like ATI cannot bully scientists.

Please consider adding the logo above to your blogs, web pages, Face Book posts,etc. The image URL is:

http://www2.sunysuffolk.edu/mandias/global_warming/images/defense_fund_logo.gif

and the link to direct people to is:

https://profmandia.wordpress.com/2011/09/09/donation/

It will take time to establish the 501c3 so in the meantime please keep sending your support via PayPal or personal checks.

GOOD NEWS: A positive development has already resulted from this effort in the case of Dr. Mike Mann.

On Friday, a Virginia judge ruled to stay the current court order indefinitely, with a followup hearing to take place on Nov. 1st. Chris Horner and the fossil-fuel front group ATI cannot view the exempted personal emails from 39 climate scientists.  This is definitely a victory, which wouldn’t have happened without the funding to intervene.

For background on this case, see: http://climscifoi.blogspot.com/2011/09/ati-uva-intervention.html and my letter to U.VA President Teresa Sullivan.

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Written by Scott Mandia

September 19, 2011 at 6:36 am

Climate Scientists Defense Fund – Please Help

Update (01/22/12): Visit the new home page for Climate Science Legal Defense Fund at http://climatesciencedefensefund.org/.

Update (12/21/11): The Climate Science Legal Defense Fund (CSLDF) is now an affiliate of the non-profit Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).  Donations are now tax-deductible and can be sent to PEER.  For those with a Pay Pal account, please send donations to info@peer.org and be sure to record “CSLDF donation” in the memo field.  Donations can also be mailed to PEER at the address below.  Be sure to record “CSLDF donation” in the memo line of your check.

Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER)
2000 P Street, NW
Suite 240
Washington, DC 20036

News Flash (11/02/11): A huge victory for climate science and academic freedom thanks to your continued support.

Dear Colleagues,

Climate researchers are in need of immediate legal assistance to prevent their private correspondence from being exposed to Chris Horner and the American Tradition Institute who are using Freedom of Information (FOI) to harass researchers.   (For context please see: http://wapo.st/pQg0JC and http://wapo.st/oiua7V)  The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has recently stated: “the sharing of research data is vastly different from unreasonable, excessive Freedom of Information Act requests for personal information and voluminous data that are then used to harass and intimidate scientists.” The complete AAAS statement is available at http://bit.ly/p04sIq

Many scientists do not enjoy the institutional support necessary to fight attacks from well-funded science-denying groups.  We need to help scientists to defend themselves.   If ATI succeeds in this case, it would set a terrible precedent for scientists at public institutions across the country. But if they are turned back here, it will send a clear message to climate deniers that scientists are willing to stand up to them and fight for their rights.

A send financial support button has been set up at https://profmandia.wordpress.com/2011/09/09/donation/  So far we have collected almost $2000 of the $10,000 needed to file the legal papers.  This fundraising will be an ongoing effort so the $10,000 is our immediate short-term goal.  Support of $25, $100, or more will go a long way to ensure that our top scientists can continue their important work without the constant harassment designed to slow them down.

I also strongly encourage you to share this information with your colleagues or others who would be interested in contributing .  Any questions can be directed to me by phone or email. I will be keeping a confidential record of contributors.

Scott A. Mandia, Professor – Physical Sciences
mandias@sunysuffolk.edu
631-451-4104

Written by Scott Mandia

September 9, 2011 at 12:20 pm

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Roy Spencer Wants You to Believe the Magician Really Cuts Her Body in Half

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Source: Joe Conrad Magic Theatre

We all know that she is not really going to be cut in half, but heck, I like this magic trick just as much as the next person.  Magic is fun to watch but most of us understand that it is not real.  Roy Spencer believes in magic and wants you to also.

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September 6, 2011 at 5:59 am

How Many Licks Does It Take to Get to the Center of the Climate Tootsie Roll Pop?

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Seventeen (17).

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September 2, 2011 at 10:29 am

CERN Cloud Paper: Cirrus-ly Being Spun

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Many spinsters who do not accept the fact that human emissions of heat-trapping gases are causing dangerous climate change have latched on to a new paper about the influence of galactic cosmic rays (GCRs) on clouds as proof that the world is being warmed by natural causes and not by human activities.  These folks are cirrus-ly mistaken.

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Written by Scott Mandia

September 1, 2011 at 2:28 pm

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