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Christopher Horner, an attorney who claims that the earth is cooling, is known within the scientific community for hounding climate change researchers with relentless investigations and public ridicule, often deriding scientists as “communists” and frauds.
Last Thursday’s bankruptcy filing of Alpha Natural Resources, one of the largest coal companies in America, includes line items for all of the corporation’s contractors and grant recipients. Among them are Horner individually at his home address, as well as the Free Market Environmental Law Clinic, where he is a senior staff attorney.
In 2009, thousands of emails were hacked from climate researchers at the University of East Anglia. Horner quickly blogged that the “blue-dress moment may have arrived” and began appearing on media outlets to claim that the emails revealed “admissions of falsifying results, collaborating to subvert and violate the laws” in what he dubbed “Climategate.”
“Climategate” became a media phenomenon, with prominent politicians declaring that the emails revealed that climate change is a “hoax.” The Koch organization Americans for Prosperity traveled to international climate change negotiations in Copenhagen in 2009 and proclaimed that the emails revealed a “scandal.”
Six official investigations later cleared the University of East Anglia scientists of accusations of any wrongdoing.
Horner has filed numerous records requests for personal emails from climate scientists and litigated to force universities to comply with his requests. Horner continued his investigations of climate scientists earlier this year by filing a records request with John Byrne, distinguished professor of energy climate policy at the University of Delaware. The request was made on behalf of the Free Market Environmental Law Clinic and the Energy & Environment Legal Institute, where Horner is a senior fellow.
“He has been instrumental in orchestrating the attacks on climate scientists over the past decade in the form of vexatious and frivolous FOIA demands, efforts to force scientists to turn over all of their personal email,” says Dr. Michael Mann, a climate scientist targeted by Horner.
Horner has also often cast scientists as villains. He claimed on Alex Jones’ program “Infowars” that climate science is a backdoor strategy for enacting “global governance.”
originally posted by: pheonix358
Science is up for grabs by the highest bidder, has been for a long while.
From my perspective, it started with big tobacco paying science millions to declare smoking was good for ya!
So .... you caught ONE bought player and
James Madison famously wrote: “the public good is disregarded in the conflicts of rival
parties.” We now see what Madison warned against in a carefully planned and heavily funded 1
“orchestration” by individuals who have placed their personal interests ahead of the public weal.
This report chronicles a campaign by “major environmental donors” to provide — and
governors’ willing participation to obtain — private funding and other resources to advance
policies that the same governors’ aides recognize threaten political consequences if the campaign
is revealed (this in turn explains the need for massive private underwriting of “orchestrators”
“closely tied to each governor” to promote the same campaign). The policies at issue are the
economically harmful war on affordable and reliable energy — and wealth transfers to
uneconomic industries to, as the President has vowed, finally make renewable energy profitable.
Their popular names are the Obama “Clean Power Plan”, the “clean energy economy”, and the
Paris global warming treaty expected this coming December to replace the Kyoto Protocol.
originally posted by: KawRider9
a reply to: mc_squared
I'm sick of both sides. One side says we're doomed, the other says BS. I'm on the side of personal accountability.
I do everything I can to keep a small carbon footprint. I don't need a scientist on either side to tell me what to do, and I won't take either side serious until money is taken out of the equation.
Both sides acting like children, insulting each other and calling folks ignorant if they don't take their words as gospel has ruined this whole debate for me.