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Friday, September 9, 2011

Please help fight back against the Climate Denial Machine funded so amply by ExxonMobil, the infamous Koch brothers, the Scaifes, and others of their ilk

Professor Scott Mandia has set up a donation page. I have been there and done that and it is extremely smooth and easy and takes no time at all.  Here is what he has written about helping keep academia safe from attacks from fossil-fuel interests:

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: and 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   

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 donation button has been set up at  

So far we have collected almost $2,000 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.  A gift 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.

Make checks payable to Scott A. Mandia/Climate Science Legal Defense Fund and send to:

Scott A. Mandia
PO Box 263
Selden, NY 11784

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