Mann, UVA, Win Lawsuit: ATI Will Pay

The American Tradition Institute a.k.a. ATI a.k.a. Energy & Environmental Legal Institute is a "think" tank that supports or engages in climate science denialism. You can read about it here and here. Michael Mann is a climate scientist, famous for bringing to the world's attention the alarming problem of hockey-stick style global warming. According to Wikipedia:

The IPCC acknowledged that his work, along with that of the many other lead authors and review editors, contributed to the award of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize...

The ATI, Michael Mann, and the University of Virginia have been engaged in certain legal activities and a decision was made a couple of days ago about one aspect of this.

From Southern Studies:

Virginia's highest court has ruled that the American Tradition Institute (ATI), a free-market think tank that promotes climate science denial, must pay damages to the University of Virginia and ... Michael Mann for filing a frivolous lawsuit against them. The decision comes in a case that has sparked controversy about the abuse of public records laws to harass climate scientists.

Mann ... has been a target of climate science deniers for his research .. ATI had connections to fossil-fuel interests...

On July 8, the Supreme Court of Virginia affirmed the ruling by the Circuit Court of Prince William County on appeal, ordering ATI to pay $250 in damages....

The case can be traced back to 2010, when then-Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) filed investigative demands ordering UVA to produce documents related to Mann as part of a widely criticized investigation into whether the scientist violated the state's Fraud Against Taxpayers Act by allegedly falsifying data -- a charge that has been discredited by several investigations by Penn State and other institutions. ...

Meanwhile, in January 2011, ATI submitted a Freedom of Information request to UVA for emails sent by Mann... In September 2012, the Virginia circuit court ruled against ATI [upheld by the VA supreme court].


National Geographic Scienceblogs Greg Laden's Blog has obtained exclusive information pertaining to the aftermath of this Virginia Supreme Court decision.

Climate_Science_Legal_Defense_Fund_tshirt1We have learned what Dr. Michael Mann intends to do with the windfall that comes from this judgement against the Koch funded science denialist group ATI a.k.a. Energy & Environmental Legal Institute. Mann tells us, "I intend to donate to the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund, of course!"

Climate Science Legal Defense Found is HERE on the internet. Readers of this blog will want to donate to the fund, of course. Also consider buying one of their very cool shirts.

I've got one of these shirts and it is very nice. I intend to buy a new one soon. It is a great conversation starter at family gatherings, but it is important to always have a spiffy looking new one.

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This is good news. I wonder what Mark Steyn and the septic community are going to say.

By cosmicomics (not verified) on 11 Jul 2014 #permalink

@1 -
Hard to say in detail, but I'm sure that it will be good value for those of us in the reality-based community.
I'm told that there's a high level of sugar in the tears of these people.

The debate is settled. 97,5 % of all statisticians believe Mann made serious mistakes. (The results are not published yet, but I asked 15 non-statisticians to look over some selected papers)

Erayor: citation needed.

By Julian Frost (not verified) on 17 Jul 2014 #permalink