This article discusses how climate change contrarians are attempting to introduce their “research” into court cases. The judge in the cities’ lawsuit against fossil fuel companies has ordered the contrarians to reveal who paid for their research and any connections to the case.
Prominent climate contrarians are seeking to insert their views into an unusual science tutorial scheduled to be held in federal court on Wednesday by offering “friend of the court” briefs that run contrary to the prevailing mainstream consensus.
One group includes adamant nay-sayers like Willie Soon and Christopher Monckton, and another includes Richard Lindzen of MIT and Steven Koonin, an advocate of the “red team, blue team” approach to debating competing visions of how the world works.
It’s not clear whether U.S. District Judge William Alsup—who called the hearing as part of a case in which the cities of San Francisco and Oakland are suing fossil fuel companies over climate change-related costs—wants to drag such voices into the fray. He set up the hearing in a way that either side in the case may call expert witnesses if they wish.