Climate skeptic Pat Michaels refuses court request to disclose funding sources

Thu, 2007-09-20 14:06Kevin Grandia
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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documents (attached at the bottom of this post) have surfaced claiming that longtime climate denier Pat Michaels has withdrawn as an expert witness from a Vermont court case after a request was submitted that he reveal his funding sources.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. 

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