Mann Wants To Ignore The FOIA Because Requesters May Have Corporate Funding

The group notes that FOIA law gives the university just one week to respond to the request. If the school legally resists, it says it is prepared for a court fight.

“We can then, finally, determine what it is that so many have gone to such great lengths to keep the public from knowing about that which the public has paid for,” they said in a statement.

The group’s senior director of litigation, Christopher Horner, has written two books on why he believes global warming is a hoax and gives frequently speeches on the subject. He is also a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

In a statement, Mann noted that the think tank receives funding from ExxonMobile and other corporate groups.

“Industry-funded lobbyists like Horner have been using precisely the same tactics for decades to intimidate scientists whose scientific findings proved inconvenient to the vested interests they represent such as the tobacco, pharmaceutical, and chemical industries,” he said.


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29 Responses to Mann Wants To Ignore The FOIA Because Requesters May Have Corporate Funding

  1. Glen Shevlin says:

    you know if the science is as solid as he and others claim it is literally Nobel prize stuff, so why is everybody concerned about public scrutiny?
    If the science stands up get up an a mountain, put the stuff there and scream ..

    Here it is do your worst.

  2. Tony Duncan says:

    Because we all know that corporate groups always have the best interest of the country at heart (or in the case of tobacco companies, at lung)

    • Stop using any products made by corporations.

      • Mike Davis says:

        I agree! Please immediately stop using all the products made by greedy corporations.
        I find it interesting that a Nobel prize was given to the IPCC. The interesting thing was it was the Peace prize for promoting restrictions that will cause civil unrest that could lead to war.
        Mann is reaching for anything because he still knows his errors and what he did was fraudulent! Like so many others have said If he is not guilty he picked a poor way to show it and brought disrepute to those that defend his actions.
        This incident is more than a simple Black Eye for scientific research it puts the entire scientific institution in a bad position as it adds to already shady practices by researchers in other fields!

      • Justa Joe says:

        I never heard that Chris Horner had anything to do with the Tobacco Industry unlike Algore.

        I love how libz lash out against corporations without corporations the average lib would be a subsistence farmer or worse.

    • Dave N says:

      Using the “vested interests” argument is one of the lamest excuses in the book, especially since governments with an agenda to tax the public have funded the alarmist cause into the billions.

      Equating the tobacco movement with the fossil fuel industry is an even lamer excuse.

    • truthsword says:

      So you don’t think the information should be released? Hmmm, I figured you would want your heroes to throw all the material they have to prove they are spotless and the science is perfect. Heh.

    • suyts says:

      Tony, you’ve been witness to the corporations, that I’ve shown, to be advocates to the climate change ideology. The fact is, there hasn’t been one multi-billion dollar company that I’ve found that hasn’t at least given lip service and money to the climate change agenda.

      I challenge you and/or anyone else to show me one. Just one that doesn’t contribute financially to the climate change agenda. Any billion dollar company. Either in revenue or value. Just one. Every website I’ve visited has always touted the money or time donated to climate change. Just one!!!!

      • Tony Duncan says:

        Sorry do not have time to respond to the 30 or so comments on here. I will answer your question:
        When have I ever said companies don’t give lip service and money to the climate change agenda? Why do you think I wouldn’t agree with you about that. Of COURSE they do. Show me a chemical company that doesn’t do the same for anti pollution measures. It is called public relations. Corporations always give to democrats AND republicans, that way whoever wins they at least have some leverage,
        The question is HOW much money is spent on climate change research and/or mitigation and how much is spent on lobbying and other efforts against ACC related policies.
        Inhofe gets a substantial amount of his campaign finance from Oil related companies. Why would ANYONE that supports ACC give him any money at all? Anyone who supports ACC and gives him money is like Black Panthers supporting the Nationalist party in South Africa in 1970.

        Again, I had a long laugh at what you guys imagine I think about corporations.

    • PhilJourdan says:

      Tony – A question – Who owns the corporations?

  3. omnologos says:

    Funny how some people support at the same time Mann’s argument against FOI, and Wikileaks’ in favor of full disclosure. And funny how other people, they’d be ready to argue vice-versa.

    • suyts says:

      Both Wikileaks and Mann are the same side of a coin.

      Some things, we don’t need to know. Personally, I don’t care what the ambassador to Zimbabwe thinks about the president of Swaziland. It shouldn’t be public knowledge. This knowledge isn’t helpful. Knowledge about studies in which many laws were passed and jobs destroyed and taxes raised. Well, that’s pertinent. It is imperative that the above was done under truth.

      It boils down to, the intent to do harm. Both Wikileaks and Mann have shown intent to do harm. Either to this Nation, or to the people of this Nation. I don’t distinguish the difference. other than Mann is very likely to have done much more harm.

      5 minutes with either.

  4. Latitude says:

    This is really for the ignorant sheep…
    …ExxonMobile is the leader in research for green fuels

    So Mann is telling the ignorant sheep that ExxonMobile is financing a think tank that is out to get him, and at the same time ExxonMobile is spending billions developing green fuels.

    Now who falls for that crap………….

  5. maguro says:

    You only have to release information to pure-hearted liberals under FOIA. It’s in the fine print somewhere.

  6. Andy Weiss says:

    Where does Mann get his funding from? The tooth fairy?

  7. Baa Humbug says:

    I’ve got 4 words for Tony Duncan to chew on (that means google dude)

    Green Inc Christine McDonald

    Because we all know that Green groups always have the best interest of the environment at heart

  8. Baa Humbug says:

    Journal says doctor faked data linking autism to vaccines

    Thursday, January 6, 2011

    The British Medical Journal on Wednesday accused a disgraced British doctor of committing an “elaborate fraud” by faking data in his studies linking vaccines with autism.

    Nah that can’t be can it? A scientist falsifying data? committing fraud? Linking something widely accepted as good to something bad?
    Well I never.

    • Tony Duncan says:

      Actually I was just about to post this, since it shows a fraudulent research being retracted.
      Why has mann’s article not been retracted?

      • omnologos says:

        Tony – you forgot the “yet” at the end of your comment

      • BioBob says:

        Tony, you are sadly mistaken. The author has NEVER retracted his study — OTHER people have shown the study is a FRAUD while Wakefield continues to deny the fabrication of data.

        Mann has been shown to have fabricated his data by OTHER people and is a FRAUD. He continues to deny the fabrication of data.

      • Tony Duncan says:


        the journal that published the study retracted it. Other published papers showed that the wakefield paper was not reproducible.
        But after Mann’s emails are produced for the court where he brags about fabricating data to make the end of the 20th century the warmest in 1,000 years, it will have to be retracted, right?

  9. peterhodges says:

    does he mean the same greedy corporations funding the CAGW scare so they can make loads of money?

  10. sunsettommy says:

    Court Orders University to Surrender Global Warming Records

    “Skeptics of man-made global warming claim victory after legal battle sees a U.S. university forced to produce disputed “global warming” records.”

    Mann is about to get royally exposed.

  11. GregO says:

    What is there to hide (besides the decline)? Let’s see what is behind the green door. Why so shy? What are you hiding Dr Mann? U Va turned over all of Dr Michael’s data to Greenpeace. What makes Mann’s data so special. I want to know. Must be some powerful stuff….

    • Latitude says:

      I agree Greg, and UofVa spent over a 1/2 million trying to keep it secret….

      Why hand over on guys work, no charge.
      And spend $1/2 million to not hand over someone else’s work, if there’s no reason to do that.

  12. grayman says:

    Come on Mann, if you are so sure of your work why shouldnt the world see it, same as the cru delete and ignore FOIA request. You asked for GOV. grants and recieved them, well i paid for and i want to see it! I do not care who funds horner the VA. AG wants the material so hand it over. Personally IMO if you weork is found to be wrong, contrived, manipulated or down right fraud every thing you have should be siezed and you in jailand the schools you work at made to pay back every dime of grant moneys you recieved. Maybe then the schools will demand better work from the scienctist!!!!!!!!

  13. Al Gored says:

    Victim Mann will probably blame Exxon for whatever they find. Those evil planet haters no doubt tampered with his records to make them appear fraudulent, and spiked his drinks with LSD to make a vision of a hockey stick appear before him – and like Moses seeing the burning bush, he became obsessed and couldn’t help but follow his hallucination. It wasn’t his fault. It was all because of Exxon… those bastards!

  14. PhilJourdan says:

    In a statement, Mann noted that the think tank receives funding from ExxonMobile and other corporate groups.

    Newsflash! So does Mann’s funding!

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