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Posted at 7:40 PM ET, 05/ 6/2010

Climategate's real perpetrator

By washingtonpost.com editors

By Daniel Lashof
Arlington

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.

By washingtonpost.com editors  | May 6, 2010; 7:40 PM ET
Categories:  HotTopic, Virginia, environment  
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I don’t think the public is in the mood to give scientists any special treatment under the law, their just going to have to subject themselves to an inquiry like anyone else.

Imagine if Goldman Sachs was investigated by a panel of Goldman Sachs investors, instead of by the government. Imagine if BP’s Oil spill was investigated by the BP Board of Directors. Imagine a soldier in Iraq being tried by his friends in the squad, and not allowing victims to testify.None of those would be acceptable.

So why is it not only acceptable, but mandatory that Climate Science only be investigated by those with a vested interest? We expect our government to investigate those who cannot be trusted to do their own investigations, so we must allow the government to do an investigation even when we believe that the parties are trustworthy (the scientists).

Climate Science can’t afford any more forbidden texts. Every time we object to a review, it influences the public into believing we have something to hide. By the time the truth comes out, nobody cares.

McCarthyism was investigating people’s political affiliation. Cuccelli is investigating one person’s actions with Taxpayer money, as per VA law. Just because a theoretical conservative is investigating a theoretical liberal doesn’t make it McCarthyism.

Remember, its the NAS who has sent out the demand of its members to sign this loyalty oath. Its the NAS who is now demanding its members publicly profess their loyalty to the movement.

Posted by: ecocampaigner | May 7, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Q: Whose interests are served by Mr. Cuccinelli’s harassment tactics while Virginians wait for action to address the real impacts of climate change?

A: The interests of the American people who have had to finance this government sponsored fraud, you moron. The real impacts of climate change are the same as they have always been, because the climate is in dynamic equilibrium. It is always changing, always has been and always will be, humans or no humans.

Posted by: jauregui_john | May 7, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Daniel Lashof, you are a buffoon.

Posted by: knight1977 | May 7, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Ok here is the deal. Global warming is exaggerated! Just as Y2K was. The problem is after year 2000 the Y2K threat was realized to be exaggerated.

Warmist can just keep preaching something will happen at some point to mess us all up. Then every time a natural occurring event causes a problem they will say I told you so. Since their is no cut off date like with Y2K they will just keep preaching about the evils of our prosperity until they die. Now that is job security.

Posted by: sillyteam | May 8, 2010 12:38 AM | Report abuse

Daniel Lashot said, "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."

What utter drivel!! All this fuss being made over CO2, for example... anthropogenic CO2 accounts for just 0.117% of the greenhouse gas effect. Meanwhile, 95% of the greenhouse gas effect comes from water vapor, of which, 99.999% is naturally occurring. These figures come from the US DOE.

The alarmist camp would have us waste about 6 trillion dollars (that is a 6 followed by 15 zeros!) trying to reduce that 0.117%. GET REAL!! It would make absolutely no measurable difference in global temperatures.

For the last decade, our planet has been cooling, not warming. The Himalayan glaciers are NOT melting. The sea levels are not rising appreciably (even Al Gore bought a waterfront condo... curiously ... just when he was predicting they would rise by 20 feet in a few years... at the cost of $4 million)... polar ice is back to about the average area... These are facts.

AGW is a fraud.

You want more facts? How about these:

The Climatic Research Unit of East Anglia University gets its funding from British Petroleum (natural gas arm), various other natural gas companies, various nuclear power companies, Greenpeace and the World Wildlife Fund. Do you think maybe, just maybe, there is a bit of bias there? If not, perhaps you would be interested in some land in southern Florida.... or a bridge in New York...

You are flogging a dead horse, Mr. Lashot. I sincerely hope that Mr. Cucinelli is highly successful in his prosecution of Mann. Then, perhaps, there will be some criminal investigations of the other perpetrators, as there should have been from the moment of release of the Climategate e-mails.

Oh ... and in case you are wondering... I have read the Climategate e-mails... all of them ... and no, I am not being paid by anyone to write this ... and I have both a scientific and professional background.

Posted by: CanuckDriver | May 8, 2010 4:02 AM | Report abuse

So easy to reword the first paragraph of this article to display the beyond ludicrous circular logic employed.

"We are being needlessly distracted from solving what we assume is a dire problem with horrible consequences and risks by people who are still questioning whether or not there is a dire problem with horrible risks that needs to be solved!

"How dare they! We should stop questioning the severity of the problem, or whether or not there even is one. We should accept the whitewash conclusions already given, as if they were papal bulls, and we should ignore completely or whether or not the methods employed and conclusions reached were achieved by fraudulent means. Let us instead accept all conclusions as factual (given that it pleases our sensibilities to think so) and move onto the only question we would like to have remaining, and that is how to solve it!

Mindless lunacy.

Posted by: sdlawrence | May 8, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Mr Lashoff thank you for your thoughts. It is a shame that the least intelligent amongst us are the ones who have chosen to post their drivel. I imagine that they also support drill, baby, drill and have assured us that there was little chance of an offshore spill. That they refuse to see that global warming may be a real problem is not surprising. They are probably also part of the birther group.

Posted by: Falmouth1 | May 10, 2010 5:49 AM | Report abuse

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