Over the last twenty years politically-motivated think tanks and legal foundations, because they disliked certain scientific findings, have taken legal action against scientific institutions and individual scientists. In recent years, the legal attacks have intensified, especially against climate scientists. For the individual scientist these legal actions are a painful burden.
Therefore Scott Mandia and Joshua Wolfe launched the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund (CSLDF) so climate scientists would be able to protect themselves and their work from industry-funded legal attacks.
The climate science legal defense fund states it's three main focus points are:
- Litigation: The Climate Science Defense Fund is taking an active interest in litigation. Currently several climate scientists have litigation in the courts. The Climate Science Defense Fund will play an active role in helping raise funds for their defense, serving as a resource in finding pro-bono representation, and providing support during difficult litigation proceedings.
- Education: The Climate Science Defense Fund will work to educate the scientific community about their rights and their responsibilities with regard to legal issues surrounding their work.
- Knowledge Bank: The Climate Science Defense Fund will serve as a clearinghouse for information related to legal actions taken against scientists. Our goal is to provide lawyers representing scientists with information about past cases and strategies.
Website: Climate Science Legal Defense Fund