Want to Help Our Climate Scientists? It’s Simple: Here’s How

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By Scott Mandia via his blog, ProfMandia. For background on the legal attacks on various climate scientists, click here.

Thanks to everyone who has supported our growth and development to date. We have had great successes in our first year and half and we hope to continue to build on those. To continue our programing through the end of the year we need to raise $35,000 this summer and need your help to reach our goal. The money will go to two projects of ours. First, it will retire the debt owed by Dr. Michael Mann for attorney’s fees in the FOIA case over his UVA emails. Read more about the case here and here.

The money will also go towards continuing our program of sending attorneys to scientific meetings. There we offer confidential pro-bono meetings for members of the scientific community. After meeting with an attorney at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) conference last December, one scientist wrote us:

I was glad to be able to talk to an attorney who deeply cared about the integrity of the science and helping individual scientists. I am very grateful to the CSLDF for arranging for these sessions.

We feel that legal defense does not just include blockbuster cases like Dr. Mann’s, but making sure that scientists have the opportunity to discuss their concerns with a legal expert before an issue becomes a problem.

Please consider donating to our summer fundraising drive to make these two programs possible. Donate at International donors can send a PayPal to (Be sure to put “CSLDF” in the memo box.) You can also receive a t-shirt with your donation by going to:

Going to the AGU 2013 Fall Conference? If so mark your calendars for Thursday December 12 between 12:30 – 1:30. CSLDF and AGU will be hosting a special brown bag lunch event titled Facing Legal Attack: Scientists Tell Their Stories featuring a panel discussion with Drs. Andrew Dessler, Katharine Hayhoe, Michael Mann, Naomi Oreskes, Ben Santer, and Kevin Trenberth, along with a few legal experts.

One Response to Want to Help Our Climate Scientists? It’s Simple: Here’s How

  1. Jeff Huggins says:

    Dear Scott,

    Thanks for your efforts and for this post.

    Given that you are involved in the scientific community, go to conferences, and are in touch with others who go to a wide range of conferences, I thought I should draw your attention to an idea.

    (The idea is described with more context, and in more detail, in my comment #12, titled “Book Her!” on CP’s “Open Thread Plus Cartoon of the Week” this past weekend. But I’ll mention it here in a nutshell, then please refer to the earlier comment if you are interested in more detail.)

    In a nutshell, I believe (for a number of reasons) that it would be very helpful for one of the prominent and credible scientific societies or environmental organizations to have Hillary Clinton speak at its annual convention or a major conference, as near in the future as possible.

    As described in my earlier comment, Hillary is on the paid speechmaking circuit, speaking to a range of industry/professional groups and other types of groups. (See the recent NY Times article, identified in my earlier comment.) She is represented by the Harry Walker Agency; according to the Times, her fee is roughly $200,000, plus or minus.

    So, the idea is that a prominent and credible scientific society or environmental organization should have Hillary speak at one of its major conventions, to focus on (in addition to the normal personal stuff she talks about) her views on the environment, climate change, and energy. The final paragraph on the Hillary Clinton page of the Harry Walker Agency’s website mentions the environment as one of her chief focuses.

    To be clear, I propose this idea not as a “PR” platform or a mere “stage” for Hillary to razzle and dazzle. No. Instead, I propose it because it is vital that the scientific and environmental communities — indeed anyone concerned about the environment, climate change, energy, and also the integrity of scientific understanding as applied by policymakers to policy — hear from, and thoughtfully vet, anyone who would be a nominee for president, BEFORE they are a nominee out of sheer momentum or default. In other words, it would behoove us all to learn about someone well — including their concrete positions and commitments regarding climate change — before we decide whether or not she/he would be the best possible Democratic nominee for president.

    If Hillary is on the speaking circuit (as she is), available to be booked (as she is), and deeply interested in the environment (as she is, or at least claims to be), then she can presumably be invited and booked to speak by a prominent scientific or environmental organization concerned with the environment, climate change, energy, the use of science in policy-making, and related matters.

    It seems to me that if an organization such as the AAAS, the NAS, the Sierra Club, the NRDC, or even an organization such as the ACS (American Chemical Society, which has strong feelings and an excellent position statement regarding climate change) would be willing and interested to have Hillary Clinton speak, then it should, I hope, be possible to find a wealthy philanthropist who is concerned about climate change to cover the speaking fee of $200,000.

    In any case, if you like, please read the further context as explained in my earlier message. And, if you like, visit the Harry Walker Agency website, and in particular their page describing Hillary Clinton.

    Be Well, and Good Luck,

    Jeff Huggins

Scott Mandia is a meteorology professor at Suffolk County Community College and has been teaching for 25 years. Reposted with permission.