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Tuesday
Feb052013

CEI Today: National ID, Michael Mann lawsuit, and Obama Energy Dept resignation

IMMIGRATION & NAT'L ID - DAVID BIER

Openmarket.org: The New National Identification System Is Coming

For more than three decades, attempts to imple

ment the proposal have all met with failure, but now national ID is back, and it’s worse than ever.

The Senate immigration bill will mandate all employers use E-Verify to check the immigration status of their employees. Right now, employers can voluntarily submit the employee’s name and number to check if they match the name and number in the system. If the names or numbers don’t match, you must take further steps to prove your identity at SSA offices. 
> Read the full comment on Openmarket.org

 

> Interview David Bier

GLOBAL WARMING'S LAWSUIT - SAM KAZMAN

CEI.org:
CEI Slapps Back In Closing Brief To Michael Mann Libel Lawsuit


Friday marked the latest filing in a defamation lawsuit brought by climate science alarmist Michael Mann against CEI, National Review, and scholar Rand Simberg.  CEI has fought back against Mann’s lawsuit by moving to dismiss the case under the District of Columbia’s 2011 Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation, or “Anti-SLAPP,” Act, which protects the public’s right to engage in advocacy on issues of public interest. 

CEI General Counsel Sam Kazman commented on today’s response to the Mann lawsuit:


As our reply demonstrates, while Mann paints himself as a reluctant warrior in the global warming debate, he’s quick to fling epithets at his critics.  Mann characterizes his opponents and their positions, variously, as “pure scientific fraud,”  “bogus,” “hired assassin,” “shills,” “crimes against humanity,” and the ever-useful smear of “denier.”


> Read about the lawsuit on CEI.org

> Interview Sam Kazman

OBAMA ENERGY DEPT - MYRON EBELL

 

CEI.org: Resignation of Energy Secretary Steven Chu Is "Most Welcome"

 

Secretary of Energy Dr. Steven Chu announced Friday he will resign his post, effective at the end of this month.


Myron Ebell
, Director of the Center for Energy and the Environment at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, had the following to say about Chu’s time in office and resignation:

Dr. Steven Chu’s resignation as Secretary of Energy is most welcome. He won the Nobel Prize for physics in 1997 for developing methods to cool and trap atoms using laser light. But his involvement in energy issues was not that of a professional in the field but rather was based on an amateur’s enthusiasm for new renewable energy technologies. > Read the full commenary on CEI.org

 

> Interview Myron Ebell

 

CEI is a non-profit, non-partisan public policy group dedicated to the principles of free enterprise and limited government.  For more information about CEI, please visit our website, cei.org, and blogs, Globalwarming.org and OpenMarket.org.  Follow CEI on Twitter! Twitter.com/ceidotorg.

Friday
Feb012013

CEI Slapps Back In Closing Brief To Michael Mann Libel Lawsuit

Washington, D.C. – February 1, 2013 – Today marked the latest filing in a defamation lawsuit brought by climate science alarmist Michael Mann against CEI, National Review, and scholar Rand Simberg.  CEI has fought back against Mann’s lawsuit by moving to dismiss the case under the District of Columbia’s 2011 Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation, or “Anti-SLAPP,” Act, which protects the public’s right to engage in advocacy on issues of public interest.

Mann filed his lawsuit in October, 2012, in reaction to a July 13 CEI OpenMarket blog post by Simberg  comparing Penn State’s Climategate investigation of Mann to the school's initially shoddy investigation of the former, infamous football coach Jerry Sandusky.  CEI argues the blog post was Simberg’s constitutionally protected opinion, especially given its open reliance on publicly available sources.  This, coupled with Mann’s status as a highly outspoken public figure in the global warming controversy, places the blog post at the core of protected free speech.

CEI’s filing today responds to Mann’s opposition to CEI’S Anti-SLAPP motion.

CEI General Counsel Sam Kazman commented on today’s response to the Mann lawsuit.

 

As our reply demonstrates, while Mann paints himself as a reluctant warrior in the global warming debate, he’s quick to fling epithets at his critics.  Mann characterizes his opponents and their positions, variously, as “pure scientific fraud,”  “bogus,” “hired assassin,” “shills,” “crimes against humanity,” and the ever-useful smear of “denier.”  The professor claims that he’s been exonerated by numerous investigations, but those reports raise more questions than they answer.  And his view of First Amendment freedoms is so incorrect that, in addition to the Nobel Prize he wrongly thinks he won, he may now end up with a Pulitzer — but it won’t be for nonfiction.


The next step in the lawsuit may be a court hearing.

CEI and Rand Simberg are represented in the action by the firm of Baker Hostetler.

> View Michael Mann v. National Review, CEI, et al: CEI and Rand Simberg's Reply to Mann’s Opposition to our Anti-SLAPP Motion

> View background on the case

 


CEI is a non-profit, non-partisan public policy group dedicated to the principles of free enterprise and limited government.  For more information about CEI, please visit our website, cei.org, and blogs, Globalwarming.org and OpenMarket.org.  Follow CEI on Twitter! Twitter.com/ceidotorg.

Tuesday
Dec182012

CEI SLAPPS Back At Climate Scientist Michael Mann’s Libel Lawsuit 

Invokes DC’s Anti-SLAPP Act to Protect Free Speech

 

Washington, D.C. – December 17, 2012 –  CEI and adjunct analyst Rand Simberg responded last Friday to Michael Mann’s libel lawsuit against them, National Review, and columnist Mark Steyn, with a special motion to dismiss the case based on DC’s "Anti-SLAPP" law.  The motion argues Mann’s lawsuit is precisely the type of lawsuit SLAPP (for Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation) is intended to curb.

The Anti-SLAPP Act, which took effect in 2011, protects the right to engage in advocacy on issues of public interest.   Mann filed his lawsuit in October, based on a July 13 CEI OpenMarket blog post that compared Penn State’s investigation of Mann in the wake of Climategate to the school's initially shoddy investigation of Jerry Sandusky.  CEI argues the blog post issue was essentially opinion backed by references to publicly available facts.  This, coupled with Mann’s status as a highly outspoken public figure in the global warming controversy, places this speech at the core of constitutionally protected speech.

“It’s ironic that an advocate of global warming is trying to freeze debate on this issue," said Sam Kazman, CEI General Counsel.  "Michael Mann likes to use the term ‘denier’, but in this case he himself is the free-speech denier.” 

CEI and Rand Simberg are represented in the action by the firm of Baker Hostetler.

> Michael Mann. v. National Review, CEI, et al.: CEI and Rand Simberg's Special Motion to Dismiss Under the D.C. Anti-SLAPP Act

> Michael Mann. v. National Review, CEI, et al: CEI and Rand Simberg's 12(b)(6) Motion to Dismiss For Failure to State a Claim

 

 


CEI is a non-profit, non-partisan public policy group dedicated to the principles of free enterprise and limited government.  For more information about CEI, please visit our website, cei.org, and blogs, Globalwarming.org and OpenMarket.org.  Follow CEI on Twitter! Twitter.com/ceidotorg.

Saturday
Aug252012

CEI - Penn State Climate Scientist Michael Mann Demands Apology From CEI 

CEI Refuses to Retract Commentary

 

Washington, D.C., August 24, 2012 – The Competitive Enterprise Institute received a letter on August 21 from an attorney representing Penn State University Professor Michael E. Mann that demands that CEI retract and apologize for a post on CEI’s blog, Openmarket.org, written by CEI adjunct scholar Rand Simberg.  The letter also threatens that they "intend to pursue all appropriate legal remedies on behalf of Dr. Mann."

"The Other Scandal in Unhappy Valley," the July 13, 2012 blog post at issue, criticized Professor Mann, a climate scientist who is recent years has become a leading advocate in the public debate for global warming alarmism.  Mann was the lead author of research that fabricated the infamous hockey stick temperature graph.  The hockey stick was featured in the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Third Assessment Report (2001), but was dropped in its Fourth Assessment Report (2007).  E-mails from and to Professor Mann featured prominently in what became known as the Climategate scandal.

In response to the letter from Mann’s attorney, CEI offered the following statements.

Statement by CEI General Counsel Sam Kazman:

This week CEI received a letter from Michael Mann’s attorney, John B. Williams of Cozen O’Connor, demanding that CEI fully retract and apologize for a July 13th OpenMarket blog post concerning Mann’s work.  Shortly after that post was published in mid-July, CEI removed two sentences that it regarded as inappropriate.  However, we view the post as a valid commentary on Michael Mann’s research.  We reject the claim that this research was closely examined, let alone exonerated, by any of the proceedings listed in Mr. Williams’s letter.

National Review, which earlier got a similar letter from Mann’s attorney, has expertly summed up the matter in a response by the editor and the publication’s attorney.

And regardless of how one views Mann's work, his threatened lawsuit is directly contrary to First Amendment law regarding public debate over controversial issues.  Michael Mann may believe we face a global warming threat, but his actions represent an unfounded attempt to freeze discussion of his views.

In short, we’re not retracting the piece, and we’re not apologizing for it.

Statement by Myron Ebell, Director of CEI’s Center for Energy and Environment:

Penn State Professor Michael Mann’s lawyer claims that nine investigations of academic fraud have all exonerated Professor Mann.  Most of these investigations did not examine Professor Mann’s conduct or even mention him, and Penn State University’s investigation was typical of that institution’s unfortunate tendencies.

The fact that Professor Mann’s hockey stick research is still taken seriously in the public debate is an indication that people haven’t read the Wegman Report to the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the National Research Council’s report, or the analysis of Stephen McIntyre and Ross McKitrick. 

Professor Mann’s political advocacy is no more reliable than his scientific research.  His recent book, The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines, repeats numerous factual errors, some of them about CEI. 


> View the Michael Mann attorney letter.pdf