Categories & Tags: freedom of information

Climate science denier group must pay damages for frivolous lawsuit against UVA, scientist   |   July 8, 2014
Virginia's highest court has ruled that the American Tradition Institute (ATI), a free-market think tank that promotes climate science denial, must pay damages to the...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Secret sweetheart deal for Georgia nuclear reactors puts taxpayers at risk   |   April 24, 2014
Amount the U.S. Department of Energy is providing in loan guarantees to Southern Company subsidiary Georgia Power and partner Oglethorpe Power to build two new reactors at the...

 

NC scholars denounce conservative think tank's demand for professor's email   |   December 16, 2013
A delegation of scholars from North Carolina colleges and universities delivered an open letter to Gov. Pat McCrory and state Budget Director Art Pope today, calling on them to...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Will Trayvon Martin killing bankrupt ALEC?   |   December 6, 2013
Number of companies that quit the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) after the 2011 shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin, whose assailant defended himself under...

 

Conservative group demands emails, phone records of UNC anti-poverty crusader after critical newspaper column   |   November 21, 2013
A think tank founded and almost wholly funded by conservative mega-donor and North Carolina budget director Art Pope recently filed a broad Freedom of Information Act request...

 

A prolonged stay: The reason behind the slow pace of executions   |   May 28, 2013
By Raymond Bonner, special to ProPublica States that impose the death penalty have been facing a crisis in recent years: They are short on the drugs used in executions. In...

 

A tale of two states and subsidy transparency   |   March 18, 2013
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest Florida and Mississippi may come close to sharing a border, but they are worlds apart in their current approach to the disclosure of economic...

 

After a powerful lobbyist intervenes, EPA reverses stance on polluting Texas county's water   |   March 14, 2013
By Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica When Uranium Energy Corp. sought permission to launch a large-scale mining project in Goliad County, Texas, it seemed as if the Environmental...

 

Lawsuit seeks withheld information about leaking Gulf oil wells   |   March 7, 2013
Clean water advocates have filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S. Coast Guard over its refusal to answer public records requests about an oil spill in...

 

Watchdogs dig up troubling questions about federal loan guarantees for Southern Co. nuclear reactors   |   January 31, 2013
Three years ago, the Obama administration offered the biggest federal loan guarantee deal it's promised to date for an energy project, committing over $8.3 billion in taxpayer...

 

Did attorney for climate science attack group violate ethics rules?   |   October 10, 2012
Last month the American Tradition Institute was handed a legal setback when a Virginia circuit court judge ruled that the University of Virginia did not have to turn over...

 

University of Virginia prevails against climate science attack group   |   September 18, 2012
A Virginia circuit court judge has ruled that the University of Virginia does not have to turn over thousands of former professor Michael Mann's e-mails to the American...

 

Climate science attack group turns sights on Texas professors   |   July 19, 2012
The American Tradition Institute, a conservative think tank with financial ties to fossil fuel interests, made headlines last year for a controversial freedom of information...

 

Top 5 of 2011 - #4: Who's attacking climate scientists?   |   December 22, 2011
Facing South has long reported on the corporate-funded public-relations campaign aimed at sowing doubt and confusion about the scientific consensus around manmade global warming...

 

Special Investigation: Who's behind the 'information attacks' on climate scientists?   |   November 29, 2011
In the fall of 2011, Facing South published an investigation by Editorial Director Sue Sturgis into a free-market think tank that filed a controversial Freedom of Information Act...

 

South heavily represented on EPA's secret air polluter 'watch list'   |   November 7, 2011
A joint investigation by the nonprofit Center for Public Integrity's iWatch News and NPR has obtained the Environmental Protection Agency's internal "watch list...

 

Attorney with group targeting climate scientists' emails featured at Koch-funded conference   |   November 4, 2011
The American Tradition Institute -- a global-warming denier group that's using the Freedom of Information Act in controversial ways to discredit climate scientists -- suffered...

 

SPECIAL INVESTIGATION: Who's behind the 'information attacks' on climate scientists?   |   October 31, 2011
This week, in a courtroom in Prince William County, Virginia, a hearing will take place that could have implications for the privacy rights of scientists at colleges and...