John Mashey is a retired computer scientist and executive who worked at Bell Labs and in the Silicon Valley tech world. He’s deeply involved in fighting the anti-climate science machinery and writes regularly for DeSmogBlog, which counters climate change misinformation campaigns with facts. In 2015, two statisticians sued Mashey for “tortious interference” after he worked to show they’d plagiarized parts of a report they produced for the anti-climate science movement.
On September 14, the Arizona Court of Appeals ruled that the trial court had erred in ignoring an Arizona statutory protection for university records. In this case, the Energy & Environment Legal Institute attempted to use open records laws to obtain a 13-year span of emails from two University of Arizona climate scientists, Malcolm Hughes and Jonathan Overpeck.
On Thursday, October 19, 2017, please join us for our inaugural Defender of Science dinner and award ceremony at the Penn Club in midtown Manhattan. We'll honor Peter Fontaine and Michael Gerrard, two steadfast supporters of our mission, and bring together members of the New York legal, academic, and philanthropic communities united in a shared desire to protect the scientific endeavor.
In January 2017, CSLDF filed a brief asking the federal District Court for the District of Columbia to protect National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) climate scientists. On August 21, the D.C. court upheld NOAA’s decision not to release its climate scientists’ research documents to the conservative group Judicial Watch.
This series profiles scientists who have been threatened with legal attacks or harassed by politically and ideologically motivated groups. Atmospheric scientist Katharine Hayhoe is a professor in the department of political science at Texas Tech University and director of the University’s Climate Science Center. Her commitment to climate communication and public outreach has made her a prime target of anti-science groups.