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Cuccinelli on UN global warming report: "Unreliable, unverifiable and doctored"

Rosalind Helderman

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) has injected Virginia directly into the global warming debate with a petition to the EPA and a lawsuit in federal court challenging the EPA's December ruling that greenhouse gases harm human beings by causing global warming.

In a news conference today, Cuccinelli said the EPA's ruling rested entirely on the findings of the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that he believed were "unreliable, unverifiable and doctored."

The report declared climate change to be an accepted scientific fact but in recent months has been questioned for mistakes ranging from typographical errors to problems with sourcing. Cuccinelli spoke at length about emails between the scientists that showed they discussed how to keep their critics from being published in journals. Calling the report "political science," Cuccinelli said researchers have colluded one another to fix the science on global warming.

"It's very clear the process by which this was undertaken was not one that was set up to reach an objective conclusion," he said. "This wasn't the pursuit of truth. It was political science, not science in the typical sense of the word."

The deadline for filing the petition challenging the EPA's ruling has now passed; only Virginia and Texas have filed such petitions. Cuccinelli has long been critical of the idea that the earth is warming due to action by man and pledged through his fall campaign to use the office of attorney general to press his case.

His news conference was attended by representatives of several environmental groups, who wore stickers that read "Climate Change Harms People." Afterward, Glen Besa, director of the Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club, accused Cuccinelli of wasting taxpayer money on his own ideological crusade against global warming.

"This litigation is ideologically based at taxpayer expense and it's not based on the science or the law," he said. "The science is pretty settled with regard to the fact that climate change is occuring and humans have caused climate change...For us to take this to court is like retrying evolution."

By Rosalind Helderman  |  February 17, 2010; 2:30 PM ET
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Another lawyer trying to understand science. The GOP is usless. At least take a course or two in scientific method. Science is not a left-wing plot. Idiots.

Posted by: jckdoors | February 17, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Well Virginia, you got what you bought. Thank you every day for making me glad I live on the other side of the river where our politicians generally have better things to do, like govern.

Posted by: EricS2 | February 17, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

I am in independent who leans slightly to the right and I have a hard time believing this guy. I do believe that the world is warming, but I think that the earth's natural warming and cooling cycle is more in play with global warming than we think. I do think that humans have left a footprint on our environment, but I think that there is a little bit of nature working with the global warming as well. But really, who's to say who is right and who is wrong, and who is right. However, I don't think anything was "doctored" as Cuccinelli says. Oh and don't hate on the Republicans, there are plenty out there who are good decent people, lets stop the hate and bring in the love for all political parties!

Posted by: VAtoLA | February 17, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Newsflash Rosalind, global warming is a hoax! Glad to see Ken standing up against the sky is falling crowd who concocted this nonsense to further an agenda.

Posted by: 0460 | February 17, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

What agenda is being furthered by this so-called "sky is falling" crowd. They're scientists for goodness sake. Collectively, they have come to a conclusion, and as Walt Kelly might say "We have met the enemy, and he is us." Is the truth an agenda? If so, I'm behind it.

Posted by: tysonsara1 | February 17, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

I spit on those so-called scientists. They're nothing but quacks who were caught red-handed trying to mold science to fit their agenda. Evidently you haven't gotten the memo yet;

Posted by: 0460 | February 17, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Well, he probably also thinks the Creationist Museum in KY is accurate in its portrayal of dinosaurs, Adam & Eve simultaneously roaming the Earth. Cuccinelli frightens me as much as George 2 and Dick.

Posted by: ms1234 | February 17, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

It's obvious that the intellectuals are finally in charge here. I'm heartened that Mr Cuccinelli's command of earth sciences is so vast and far reaching. Perhaps he can add greenhouse gasses to the cuts proposed by his boss who got his JD at Regent's University where the lawyers want to take us back to the Old Testament which of course would solve just about all of our problems.
Let's hear it for the Attorney General!

Posted by: purveyors | February 17, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

This AG is a nut case...his views on everything is so extreme. Poor VA!!

Posted by: DCJUSTICE | February 17, 2010 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Cap-and-trade = monetizing the air.

Air made fungible.

What a scam!

Posted by: geeyore | February 17, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Cuccinelli, because he filed a lawsuit in federal court against the EPA because the agency is correct about global warming, is one of the worst Attorney Generals in the country. He's a man committed to the intolerant ideology of social conservatism and people shouldn't have voted for him, I didn't, because he speaks nonsense. Global Warming is real and has been proven many times so its not a theory but the truth. Next time people in Virginia elect another Attorney General, they better use their brain.

Posted by: LibertyForAll | February 17, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

generally speaking, if the democrats are for something, it's wrong, worthless, stupid and it's going to cost you.

Posted by: charlietuna666 | February 17, 2010 9:27 PM | Report abuse

I love that left wing term "intolerant ideology". When LIBTARDS can't win an argument or an election (or a fight).. the cry with that krap.. does it hurt tree huggers? GOOD..

Posted by: genbarlow | February 17, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Besa: "For us to take this to court is like retrying evolution."

For God's sake, stop giving Cuccinelli ideas!

Posted by: imback | February 18, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Off the deep end. Does the Republican Party really think it's a good idea to base their politics on the premise that there's a global conspiracy by physicists and chemists to take money away from oil companies?

This is as nutty as the Obama-birth-certificate and 9/11-truther conspiracies.

Posted by: ABHFGTY | February 18, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Apparently the Virginia Climatology Office at UVa doesn't agree with Kookanelli, either.

Just another case of the lunatic fringe taking over Virginia, with the Christofascist theocrat at the top and Kookanelli as his right-hand man. Sideshow Bob Marshall is there for comic relief.

Posted by: BigDaddyD | February 18, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli - I salute you. Thank you for your courage.

Editor’s Note: When the history of the early 21st century is written, it may be the financial health of the global economy was rescued by a new currency, carbon.
This new asset class, fungible and tradeable, reinflated the balance sheets of governments and international financial institutions alike, and pulled humanity back from the brink of a worldwide depression. That is the hopeful scenario, and not one to be lightly dismissed.

The other outcome that may be our legacy, however, will be that just when technology and capitalism were about to deliver prosperity and security to an unprecedented number of people everywhere, and just at the time when what our financial systems needed was to embark on new investment in cost-effective energy and water infrastructure, we instead committed the wealth of humanity to deploying immature energy technologies, and arcane projects of no use and stupefying expense - such as blasting CO2 gas into underground caverns.

In either case, what historians will definitely wonder about in future centuries is how deeply flawed logic, obscured by shrewd and unrelenting propaganda, actually enabled a coalition of powerful special interests to convince nearly everyone in the world that CO2 from human industry was a dangerous, planet destroying toxin. This could be remembered as the greatest mass delusion in the history of the world - that CO2, the life of plants, was considered for a time to be a deadly poison.

Posted by: ManBearPig1 | February 20, 2010 10:00 PM | Report abuse

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