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A climate scientist widely known for the “hockey stick” graph of recent temperatures has won the right to keep his e-mail private amid unsubstantiated allegations he might have rigged research data.
Virginia’s top court ruled Thursday that Michael Mann’s electronic communications, generated while he was a professor at the University of Virginia, are a shielded, “proprietary” [PDF] work product.
The Energy Environmental Institute, formerly the American Tradition Institute, and a local lawmaker sought the e-mail under the state’s Freedom of Information Act. The institute objects to claims that global warming is caused by greenhouse gas emissions.
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