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SPN Environmental Policy Exchange: Volume 3, Issue 4

Published on Wednesday, August 11, 2010

SPN Environmental Policy Exchange: Volume 3, Issue 4

Cosponsored by the State Policy Network and Commonwealth Foundation


If you would like the Environmental Policy Exchange to feature your organization's work, you should summit your links of recent research, commentaries, or any related news articles to kmc@commonwealthfoundation.org.

Top Story:  Climategate

The buzz for July was undoubtedly the whitewash investigation by Penn State that cleared "Award-Winning" Michael Mann of any scientific misconduct charges in Climategate.

Among the reasons for clearing Mann, the report notes:

1. "This level of success in proposing research, and obtaining funding to conduct it, clearly places Mann among the most respected scientists in his field." Yet his ability to obtain funding for Penn State is exactly why an independent investigation, conducted outside the university, is needed.

2. "Had Dr. Mann's conduct been outside the range of accepted practices, it would have been impossible for him to receive so many awards..." But OJ Simpson, Tiger Woods, and Al Gore have also won awards - this does not excuse their bad behavior.

The Penn State inquiry failed to address the most important charge: the fact that Mann secretly blackballed those with opposing views - suggesting to his correspondents they should confront reporters publishing views challenging theirs and join together to ban a journal that published climate change criticism.

For more info, checkout the Climategate section under National News or the Commonwealth Foundation's Climategate Report.

Issues and Resources:

Climate Change

American Enterprise Institute

Beacon Hill Institute & Commonwealth Foundation


Heritage Foundation

Heartland Institute

Institute for Energy Research

National Center for Policy Analysis

Van Ness Feldman


Competitive Enterprise Institute

Heritage Foundation

Institute for Energy Research

Reason Foundation

National Center for Policy Analysis

Van Ness Feldman

Washington Policy Center


Competitive Enterprise Institute

Commonwealth Foundation

The Property and Environment Research Center

Reason Foundation

Van Ness Feldman

Washington Legal Foundation

Washington Policy Center

National News


Oil Spill

Other Environmental News

Links of Interest


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