Friday, May 21, 2010

Climategate Investigation - #1760 - Climategate Taxpayer Fraud Investigation Draws Ideological Heat - American Thinker

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has used the power of government to seek documents from the University of Virginia regarding its former professor and Climategate figure of "hockey stick" fame, Michael Mann. Mr. Cuccinelli is investigating whether Professor Mann engaged in fraud to obtain taxpayer money to fund his research. The civil investigation is making some people sweat, and it has raised howls of protest from sources ranging from the liberal Washington Post to the libertarian Reason. Academicians are protesting it as a threat to academic liberty. Daniel Lashof, director of the Natural Resources Defense Council's Climate Center, penned a letter calling Cuccinelli's actions "political harassment of climate scientist Michael Mann."  Read more......


Does UVA Really Want to Have this Fight? - Tertium Quids - Yet another outraged letter, this one from UVA law school faculty (and a smattering of others), urges the University to fight the Attorney General's investigation into former professor Michael Mann's work. This salvo would only add to the noise if wasn't for its citation of Supreme Court precedent and contends that Cuccinelli's foray wouldn't withstand a constitutional challenge. Does the University really want to have this fight? Perhaps it does. If so, it would be fascinating to hear it respond to questions on how the institution, many faculty members, and the bevy of academic and other groups shouting "academic freedom" did nothing at all when Gov. Kaine mau-maued then-UVA professor Pat Michaels out of his state climatologist position, and the University itself, for his less-than-unorthodox climate change views.  Read more.........

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