Climategate's real perpetrator
By Daniel Lashof
The political harassment of climate scientist Michael Mann by Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II [“Cuccinelli demands files from U-Va.,” Metro, May 4] is reprehensible. It does us all a disservice by distracting from the risks Virginia faces — to our economy, our security and our environment — if we fail to address climate change before it’s too late.
The recent attacks on climate science, including the accusations against Mr. Mann, a former University of Virginia professor, have been repeatedly investigated and thoroughly dismissed. Most recently, a panel appointed by Penn State, Mr. Mann’s current affiliation, cleared him of any significant misconduct. The National Academy of Sciences also reviewed the underlying research and found it to be sound.
The science has proved solid, and more political attacks can’t change that fact. The more salient question is: Whose interests are served by Mr. Cuccinelli’s harassment tactics while Virginians wait for action to address the real impacts of climate change?
The writer is director of the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Climate Center.
| May 6, 2010; 7:40 PM ET
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