Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli Opens Climate Science Witch-Hunt, Targets Professor Who's Already Been Cleared

You can't make this stuff up. Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is on a witch-hunt for scientists who have supposedly misled the public about global warming, and for his first target, he's picked a climatologist who has already been cleared by an exhaustive (and, it turns out, unnecessary) investigation into his actions.

According to the Washington Post:
Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II is demanding that the University of Virginia turn over a broad range of documents from a former professor to determine whether he defrauded taxpayers as he sought grants for global warming research.

The civil investigative demand asks for all data and materials presented by former professor Michael Mann when he applied for five research grants from the university. It also gives the school until May 27 to produce all correspondence or e-mails between Mann and 39 other scientists since 1999.

The actions by Cuccinelli (R) -- who has sued the federal government over its regulation of greenhouse gases and has become a leading national voice in alleging that scientists have skewed data to show evidence the Earth is warming -- were cheered by those on the right, who have long targeted Mann as a leading proponent of the theory.
The legitimate scientific community is, of course, outraged. The Union of Concern Scientists today released a letter demanding that Cuccinelli stop "harassing" climate scientists, and Mann himself said that Cuccinelli was "simply trying to smear me as part of a larger campaign to discredit my science."

It's not the first time that Cuccinelli has revealed his relationship with reality to be more of a casual acquaintance; he's also a Birther.