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Washington, D.C., November 4, 2010 — NASA continues to block the right of US citizens to gain access to tax-funded global warming research and communications. On Wednesday, in a lawsuit initiated by the Competitive Enterprise Institute in May, 2010, CEI filed its opposition to NASA’s motion for summary judgment.
The lawsuit seeks documents and emails relating to NASA's temperature record, which NASA was forced to correct in response to criticism from a leading climate watchdog, Steve McIntrye. Those corrections destroyed the position that temperatures have been steadily rising in recent years and revealed that 1934, not 1998, the warmest year on record. NASA refuses to give CEI the computer file they used to make these changes.
The lawsuit also seeks emails from NASA scientists using RealClimate.org - a third-party website - on official time, using official resources.
“The requested information pertains directly to issues of national significance, including the integrity of “warming” claims NASA makes about U.S. and global temperatures and the extent to which NASA scientists have utilized a third-party advocacy ‘blog’ to respond to and attack critics of the agency,” CEI’s opposition explains.
Prior to the lawsuit, CEI had made 3 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, initiated in August 2007 and originally seeking internal documents about NASA improperly boosting U.S. temperature data in this decade.
A few compelling questions and pieces of information:
CEI is represented by Andrew S. Tulumello of Gibson Dunn, which is handling the lawsuit pro bono.
> View the lawsuit, Competitive Enterprise Institute v. National Aeronautics and Space Administration 
> Read background on the NASA FOIA request 
> Read CEI’s Opposition to NASA’s Motion for Summary Judgment  – November 3, 2010
> Read more from CEI Senior Fellow Christopher Horner