UPDATED: 800 Virginia scientists and professors sign letter asking Cuccinelli to drop inquiry
University professors aren't known to be the most organized bunch, but in Virginia they do seem to have found a cause in opposition to Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's subpoena to the University of Virginia seeking documents related to the work of climate scientist Michael Mann.
The Union of Concerned Scientists today released a letter it said has been signed by 800 scientists and professors in Virginia urging Cuccinelli (R) to drop his efforts to collect documents about Mann. Cuccinelli has said he is investigating whether Mann defrauded the public as he sought grants to perform research into global warming. Mann left U.-Va. in 2005 and now teaches at Penn State University.
The university's Board of Visitors last week hired outside counsel to consider its options; it faces a May 27 deadline to decide whether to resist the subpoena in court.
The national science advocacy group says it has signatories on its letter most of Virginia's public campuses. Most--296--come from Mann's former colleagues at the University of Virginia. Eighty-five others signed on from George Mason University and 68 at Virginia Tech, the group said.
"The request is unfounded and could undermine the effectiveness of not only climate scientists but also thousands of other Virginia researchers," the letter reads in part.
Read the letter and see the signatories here.
UPDATE: The Board of Directors for the American Association for the Advancement of Science today also weighed in the subpoena. Find their statement here.
May 18, 2010; 10:09 AM ET
Categories: Ken Cuccinelli , Rosalind Helderman | Tags: Global warming, Ken Cuccinelli, Michael Mann, Union of Concerned Scientists, University of Virginia
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