The Dictionary of the Climate Debate (DCD)


FOIA
Definition: Freedom of Information Act

A law that allows people to compel governments to release copies of documents that the governments might not otherwise choose to release.

Notes:
1. The USA enacted an FOIA in 1966; Britain enacted something similar in 2000.

2. Click here for a George Monbiot and Steve Easterbrook discussion of why journalists like FOIAs and scientists don't.


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