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Posted at 6:32 PM ET, 10/ 8/2010

What's U-Va. trying to hide?

By washingtonpost.com editors

By Franklin B. Olmsted
La Plata

The investigation by Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II (R) of climate researcher Michael E. Mann might well be as misguided as The Post said in the Oct. 6 editorial “Witch hunt, part two.”

But just as misguided is the University of Virginia’s trying to hide documents Mr. Cuccinelli wants to see as he tries to determine whether Mr. Mann committed fraud when he applied for a state grant while working at the university. The people of Virginia paid for Mr. Mann’s research. Why aren’t the people entitled to see all the materials related to how their money was spent?

The university’s stonewalling has already cost the taxpayers $350,000, and it can only make some of those taxpayers think the school has something to hide. It is sad that the University of Virginia, where I went to law school, seems to have forgotten its founder’s wish for it “to follow the truth wherever it may lead.”

By washingtonpost.com editors  | October 8, 2010; 6:32 PM ET
Categories:  Virginia, environment  
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The people of Virginia are perfectly free to see all of Mann's research and data. They can go to their local university library and read the peer-reviewed articles that he has published, and they can go to his university web-page and download *all* of his latest hockey-stick data and computer code -- here's one link to his data and code: http://www.meteo.psu.edu/~mann/supplements/MultiproxyMeans07/

You can find lots more by exploring his web-page here: http://www.meteo.psu.edu/~mann/Mann/index.html

Mind you, 99.999 percent of the individuals screaming for Mann's data and computer code wouldn't have the slightest idea what to do with it. But the bottom line is, Mann has made *all* of his data/code available for scrutiny by folks with the requisite technical skills (that excludes practically *all* global warming skeptics).

Posted by: caerbannog | October 8, 2010 7:13 PM | Report abuse

As caerbannog states, Mann's scientific data are all online for all to see, at his site as well as part of the supplementary information on journal sites where his papers are published. And accounting information for grants received is, as a matter of course, always sent to the grantors.

Cuccinelli is flailing on this because he really doesn't care about the African savannah grant money. He is on a witch hunt and is abusing his position to harass scientists whose results are inconvenient. His action goes against the ethical guidelines of the Virginia Bar. Cuccinelli should be disbarred.

Posted by: imback | October 9, 2010 8:12 AM | Report abuse

The guy Cuccinelli really should be investigating is Edward Wegman, but I'm not holding my breath.

(See http://voices.washingtonpost.com/virginiapolitics/2010/10/gmu_investigating_climate_chan.html for the Wegman plagiarism story.)

Posted by: imback | October 9, 2010 8:17 AM | Report abuse

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