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Va. judge to hear Cuccinelli's demand for climate change researcher's records

A judge is set to consider Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's demand for records related to a former University of Virginia professor's climate change research.

A hearing is set for Friday afternoon in Albemarle County Circuit Court.

Cuccinelli, a global warming skeptic, says he is investigating whether Michael Mann defrauded taxpayers by using manipulated data to obtain government grants.

The university filed a lawsuit challenging Cuccinelli's demand for the records, arguing that his actions could impair academic freedom and discourage scientific research.

Mann now works at Penn State.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post Editors  |  August 20, 2010; 2:00 PM ET
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With climate changes of unprecedented high temperatures, droughts, floods, snow falls and ice berg melt at record levels, one would think these right wing whack jobs would finally give denying global warming a rest.

But most of them are in the hip pocket of the religious right loonies for votes so they're probably saying we're in the last days..or whatever the loonies call it.

Posted by: checkered1 | August 20, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Ko-koo-neli should be fined for wasting taxpayer dollars chasing down his right wing-nut beliefs. There must not be any crime in VA....

Posted by: 10bestfan | August 20, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Here is a interesting graph of the Keeling curve as a function of latitude (sine of the lattitude) and season. Go to google and enter the following and check out the second entry:

Seasonal Fluctuation of Atmospheric CO2

Scroll down a page or two to the graph that shows the swings as a function of year, latitude and season.
There have been some pretty wild swings in the Northern Hemisphere during the last ten years. Must mean something.

It might help our Attorney General to decide if this climate law suit is worth it.

Lots of other information on the site.

Posted by: LL314 | August 20, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Only those who will be Left Behind need to worry about such petty things as global warming. Not Kenny!

Posted by: krickey7 | August 20, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse


Thank you for your comments. I try to keep up with the latest science, myself.

Have you read these two important recent papers?

1-As I am sure you are aware IPCC AR4 makes the claim that the signature of Mann-made Global Warming is the "Hot Spot" over the Tropics in the middle atmosphere.

The statisticians say it is not there.

The fundamental physical evidence of global, greenhouse gas warming, as claimed by the IPCC, is missing. It's not there. That's what the science says. The greenhouse affect cannot be found, where it should be, in the physical evidence of Mother Earth.

2-IPCC AR4 also claims that the current warming is unprecidented and has reached extremes not before seen in history. The "poster girl" of the IPCC AR4 was the infamous "hockey stick", crafted by Dr. Mann, et al.

The statisticians have broken the hockey stick, conclusively.

Today's favourable, and gentle warming is not unprecedented. It is not man-man, rather Mann made.

The steaming pile of junk science known as "Climate Science" is beginning to collapse.

Certainly, within the next 50 years, the theory of AGW will be thrown into the same scientific pile as Piltdown Man and Cold Fusion.

Again, thank you for your comments.

Posted by: orkneygal | August 20, 2010 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Used to be that a scientist published his/her theory and ALL supporting data. The goal was to discover the TRUTH not push a political agenda. In a search for the truth the people who you want to read and review your work are opponents of your position; that clash is what moves science towards the truth. While still true for real science, climate "science" has elected to be a bit less transparent.

Other than the desire to commit fraud why would a researcher (or University) refuse to make data gathered with public funds available to the public? If real science was the goal opponents would not be requesting this information ... it would have been made available to opponents WITHOUT their needing to ask.

The federal/research alliance where research institutions get federal money to create results desired by government is exactly what President Eisenhower warned us about in his farewell speech!

The former president considered the biggest threats to US democracy to be the Military Industrial Complex and the "scientifictechnological elite" (his term). He predicted the deception now being practiced by Dr. Mann and the University.

BTW: Dr. Mann's hokey stick has still another debunking ... this time by a leading statistical journal: The Annals of Applied Statistics.

Posted by: garycrough | August 22, 2010 3:16 AM | Report abuse

It is a shame that science can be manipulated to fit an agenda. Example, you can collect temperature data of many city’s that show warming over the last 70 years, but small towns near show cooling. A much worse case.

Check this out:

Type in search box: Average Temp Marion Ohio
click current week and click all. A chart from 1940 to 2010 shows a falling temp of -0.03 deg. F per year. The same is true for Kenton and Lima and a lot of other towns that did not put there thermometer on the cement in a parking lot, like Columbus.(I guess that makes it man made.)
If we were in global warming all temperatures would be going up. This sample is every where.

Posted by: dcooper46 | August 22, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse

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