July 8, 2014 -
The Virginia Supreme Court has ordered the American Tradition Institute to pay $250 to the University of Virginia and former professor Michael Mann for filing a lawsuit that sought his emails and other documents on the grounds that his climate research constituted academic fraud -- a charge repeatedly found to be without merit.
November 21, 2013 -
The Civitas Institute, a think tank founded and funded by GOP mega-donor and NC budget director Art Pope, demanded emails and other records from UNC Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity Director Gene Nichol shortly after he published a column blasting the McCrory administration. Is this yet another fishing expedition aimed at harassing an outspoken academic?
May 3, 2013 -
Clean energy opponents turned to dirty tactics to advance a bill repealing North Carolina's renewables program -- and that's not the only example of the state's energy policy being hijacked by powerful interests.
February 6, 2013 -
Conservative mega-donor Art Pope has helped finance a movement to discredit mainstream climate science. Now North Carolina's budget director, he will help make important fiscal decisions for a state facing serious threats from climate change.
October 25, 2012 -
The American Tradition Institute has aggressively sought the emails of climatologists as part of its effort to discredit the science of global warming. But when it comes to following the rules about its own legally required disclosures, it's less than compliant.
September 18, 2012 -
A Virginia circuit court judge rules that the school does not have to turn over former professor Michael Mann's e-mails to the American Tradition Institute, a fossil-fuel-funded think tank that works to discredit climate scientists. The case is now expected to move on to the state Supreme Court.
July 19, 2012 -
The American Tradition Institute, a conservative think tank with ties to fossil-fuel interests, is continuing its campaign to discredit prominent climate scientists using freedom of information requests - and it's particularly interested in their communications with journalists.