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Petitioning Assistant to UVA President Jon Bowen and 1 other

Stop The American Tradition's Institute's Vendetta Against Climate Science

Climate scientist Michael Mann has been challenged time and time again for the research he's done to prove the existence and severity of global warming. And time and time again, he has been exonerated of any wrongdoing.

Yet the witch hunt against him continues--this time, by the American Tradition Institute, which has issued a subponea to cull information on work Mann did at the University of Virginia.

Like Mann's other attackers, ATI has strong ties to global warming denalism. Its executive director previously worked for the Heartland Institute, an Exxon-supported organization that sponsors an annual climate change denialism summit. And its senior litigator has written such books as Red Hot Lies: How Global Warming Alarmists Use Threats, Fraud and Deception to Keep You Misinformed.

A group with such obvious bias should not be allowed to drag a climate scientist through the mud, especially one who has already been exonerated multiple times. The University of Virginia has bravely fought back against unfounded efforts to bring down Mann before. Let's tell them to fight back again.

Letter to
Assistant to UVA President Jon Bowen
Assistant to UVA President Nargis J. Cross
Former UVA researcher Michael Mann should not be subjected to the American Tradition Institute's unfounded demands for files and information. The group has issued a request to tap into a UVA back-up server, which they believe will support their claim that Mann acted unethically. In reality, they will undoubtedly use whatever they find to spread lies and misinformation about the work of a man who has already been exonerated several times before.

ATI also has troubling ties to climate change denialism which cast doubts on the validity of its requests. Its executive director previously worked for the Heartland Institute, an Exxon-supported organization that sponsors an annual climate change denialism summit. And its senior litigator has written such books as Red Hot Lies: How Global Warming Alarmists Use Threats, Fraud and Deception to Keep You Misinformed.

When Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli sought to gather information on Mann last year with a subponea, the university bravely fought back because of the threat it posed to the posterity of climate science. It is clear that the university should fight the same fight again this time.