Who Is David Schnare, and why should science supporters know about him?

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This is something to pay close attention to.

From John Mashey’s article on DeSmogBlog, out just this morning:

Lawyer David Schnare has made a career of suing and harassing climate scientists, abusing the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to demand masses of scientists’ emails and wasting people’s time.

Much of this work has been executed via a dark money-funded 501(c)(3) “public charity” called the Energy & Environment Legal Institute (EELI), where he was General Counsel among other roles.

Schnare’s work at EELI was often in conjunction with another shadowy group he founded, the Free Market Environmental Law Clinic (FMELC), which he co-founded in 2011 with long-time associate Chris Horner. These two groups dispute the scientific reality of climate change, and have made a business of targeting climate scientists with invasive and harassing lawsuits.

Then, to dig deep into the weediest of weeds, go read John’s entire post here.

Why is this important? Because the University of Arizona is about to release the emails of several scientists, and it is expected that Schnare is planning to attempt to use the contents of these eimails among the scientist to discredit them, the science, climate science generally, or similar. So, as Mashey points out, bear his history, and the history of the organizations involved, in mind.

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3 thoughts on “Who Is David Schnare, and why should science supporters know about him?

  1. Because the University of Arizona is about to release the emails of several scientists


    By now I wonder how much the right needs his efforts: I don’t have a handle on the percentage of people who are still on the fence about climate change: either you understand and appreciate the science, or you deny and lie about it (as our president and local denialist rickA both do). Do you have a sense of the cardinality of the “on the fence” set?

  2. Because? Seconded…

    Leaving aside conspiracy theorists being welded to their favorite hobby horses, and bullies being haters; I’d guess that politically it’s about entrenching the base in part to cover their rears in case of a backlash, but also to hold on until they can come up with something that will fubar everything once and for all. In other words, it’s just a front in their broader culture war, in this case using harassment and distraction to spread general misery.

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