Climate skeptic Pat Michaels refuses court request to disclose funding sources

Thu, 2007-09-20 14:06Kevin Grandia
Kevin Grandia's picture

Climate skeptic Pat Michaels refuses court request to disclose funding sources

Huge kudos to Kert Davies and Greenpeace for their effort in this latest astounding blow to the climate denial industry.  

Court documents (attached at the bottom of this post) have surfaced claiming that longtime climate denier Pat Michaels has withdrawn as an expert witness from a Vermont court case after a request was submitted that he reveal his funding sources. 

In the documents, Michaels states that he was dependent for his livelihood on the income he got through his wholly owned firm, New Hope Environmental Services, Inc.

“Many of New Hope's clients provide funding to New Hope with the understanding that the funding will be confidential,” Michaels and his lawyers said in one document.

Michaels lawyer stated: “Public exposure of the funding will therefore result in the loss of some or all of New Hope's clients,” Michaels' lawyers told the Vermont court, “leading either to destruction of the business or a significant curtailment of its operations. Since Dr. Michaels and other research scientists obtain a significant portion of their income from New Hope, the damage to New Hope will seriously diminish their livelihoods.”

Hat tip to the SEJ Tip Sheet and Robert McClure at the Seattle Post Intelligencer. 

AttachmentSize
GreenMtDoc521.pdf212.54 KB
IMG_1614(Small).JPG56.45 KB
GreenMtDoc521-3.pdf231.05 KB
[x]
A U.S. District Court judge ruled on June 27 that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Forest Service both wrongly approved expansion of the West Elk coal mine in Somerset, Colo., because they failed to take into account the economic impacts greenhouse gas emissions from the mining would have.
 
The federal agencies said it was impossible to quantify such impacts, but the court pointed out a tool is...
read more