The response was overwhelming to “Climate Scientists Defense Fund – Please Help.” As you may recall, Prof. Scott A. Mandia, explained why he and Prof. John Abraham launched the fund:
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: http://wapo.st/pQg0JC and http://wapo.st/oiua7V.)
The goal was to raise $10,000 in 48 hours.
Here is the update Mandia sent me this week:
John and I are grateful for the generous response to this appeal. We are happy to inform everyone that we have met, and exceeded the initial goal of $10,000. This appeal is a great start for a long-term plan to develop a permanent fund for defending scientists against these attacks. Consequently, we are working to develop a funding structure that allows donations to be made to a 501c3 non-profit entity.
All funds that are in excess of those currently needed for Dr. Mann will be placed into this entity for future use defending other scientists. We believe that the existence of this fund will send a strong message that groups like ATI cannot bully scientists.
Climate Progress readers were instrumental in meeting their goals so quickly. I had never tried anything like this before, so I’m delighted it worked so well. Anyone who wishes to can donate here. Thanks again to all who contributed.