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Environmental Law Center American Tradition Institute

REQUEST UNDER THE TEXAS PUBLIC INFORMATION ACT July 5, 2012 Ms. Kathryn Symank Associate Vice President for Human Resource & Administrative Services Office of the Chief Business Officer 1255 TAMU College Station, Texas 77843-1255 VIA EMAIL: open-records@tamu.edu -- REQUEST FOR PUBLIC RECORDS Dear President Loftin, via Ms. Smynak: The American Tradition Institute Environmental Law Center (ATI) respectfully submits this request for public records ("Request") from Texas A&M University (A&M) pursuant to Texass Public Information Act, Chapter 552 ( 552.001, et seq.) of the Texas Government Code, Attorney General Greg Abbotts Public Information 2012 Handbook, and your Policy Statement on Public Information Act Compliance updated March 28, 2008. Please produce copies of records (public information) meeting the following descriptions.
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All emails, dated from November 1, 2009 through July 5, 2012, inclusive, to or from an A&M account used by Professor Andrew Dessler of the A&M Department of Atmospheric Sciences during the period covered by this Request (including as cc or bcc) which cite or refer to one or more of the following in the Subject line, e-mail body or in the To, From, cc: or bcc: fields: a. Union of Concerned Scientists (or UCS, ucs as a freestanding word/term) b.ucsusa.org, c. Richard Ades, d.Frontline,
e. Catherine Upin (email, upin.newsdoc@gmail.com),

f. Justin Gillis, g.Seth Borenstein, and/or


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h.Suzanne Goldenberg. Applicable dates for records requested cover approximately two and one half years, from November 1, 2009 through July 5, 2012, inclusive. In the event that the University's custodian of public records determines that a release of a given record would contain confidential or private information or otherwise seek to withhold information, it has a duty to ask for the opinion of the states attorney general pursuant to Sec. 552.301(a). ATI is a tax-exempt, 26 U.S.C. 501(c)(3), non-profit public interest organization. As such, it does not seek these records for commercial purposes. Rather, ATI seeks these records to determine certain uses of taxpayer-funded resources by Professor Dessler including to what extent (if any) they are used in the performance or pursuit of certain global warming related activism, combining political or policy advocacy with dedicated publicly funded resources. In the interests of expediting the search and processing of this Request, ATI is willing to pay fees up $100. Please provide an estimate of anticipated costs in the event that fees for processing this Request will exceed $100. Furthermore, as this matter involves a significant issue of public interest, please produce responsive records as they become available on a rolling basis but consistent with the Public Information Acts prescribed timelines. To keep costs and copying to a minimum please provide copies of all responsive records in electronic format if you have them (records requested are emails, so this should be all of them). To expedite matters please direct all other disclosures to my attention at the following address: American Tradition Institute 1489 Kinross Lane Keswick, VA 22947 If you have any questions, or would like to discuss this matter further, don't hesitate to contact me by email at chris.horner@atinstitute.org. Thank you for your attention to this matter. Sincerely, Christopher C. Horner chris.horner@atinstitute.org 202.262.4458 (M)

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