Dear Attorneys General,
You’re not stupid. Stupid people don’t graduate from law school.Those are the first words of an open letter to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch and members of Attorneys General United for Clean Power. Since they are Attorneys General I suppose, um, they would know "lots of law". I'd say they can write more eloquently than the "climate hoax" conspiracy theorists who wrote that letter, too.
Neither are you generally ignorant. You know lots of law.
The open letter began woefully and went downhill, telling the Attorneys General to read a lot of non-science hogwash (a scientific term meaning pseudo-science crap). The letter was published at WUWT (archived here) and purported to be from the Cornwall Alliance. That's the cult that doesn't "believe in" biology or climate science on pseudo-religious grounds. Despite the inelegant schoolboy opening, the signatories included professors and PhDs. They weren't all from the Cornwall Alliance either. Signatories included disreputables like the "One World Government" conspiracy theorist Timothy Ball, and a nonentity I've never heard of, Madhav Khandekar, who it turns out is another greenhouse effect denier on the payroll of the Heartland Institute.
The Cornwall Alliance managed to round up nineteen people to sign the letter. They were pushing it, listing denier meteorologists as climate scientists. They even claimed Anthony Watts, ex-tv weather announcer, as a "climate scientist". Anthony isn't a climate scientist, he runs a "climate hoax" conspiracy blog. He doesn't understand temperature anomalies, thinks it's Russian steampipes that are causing global warming, and recently falsely accused thousands of COOP volunteers of faking their weather reports. His good friend Willis Eschenbach says he couldn't tell a good article from bad if he had a year to do it.
What the letter does show is that science denying organisations are feeling nervous about being drawn into investigations into whether fossil fuel companies paid them to have climate science denial propaganda done on their behalf.
That's a good thing.