February 16, 2017
Schnare went on to pursue emails and other records of at least a half-dozen other prominent climate scientists: former NASA scientist James Hansen, Katharine Hayhoe of Texas Tech, Andrew Dessler of Texas A&M, Donald Wuebbles of the University of Illinois, and Malcolm Hughes and Jonathan Overpeck of Arizona State. The last case is ongoing. Schnare said he has received permission from the EPA to complete the suit.
In 2012, Schnare sued to stop the EPA's research into effects of fine particulate pollution on human health, an area of study that underpins much of its clean air regulation, on unusual grounds that the program's methods were unethical. The move could have blocked as many as 57 clean air regulations. (Long-term exposure to particulate pollution can cause serious health problems, including lung cancer.) A federal judge threw the case out.