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Cuccinelli Fine With Fraud If It Backs His Political Views


The people who squawk the loudest about “scientific integrity” & “sound science” often have absolutely no problem with outright scientific fraud, as long as it supports their pre-existing political opinions.

Just take the example of Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (and speaking volumes by their silence, Gov. Bob McDonnell & Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling). Rather than accept the simple, straightforward, proven proposition that the planet is warming & manmade emissions are to blame, Cuccinelli instead conjures a world ruled by a vast conspiracy by thousands of unrelated climate scientists, including former University of Virginia Professor Michael Mann.

But even the little actual proof Cuccinelli claims to cite is now in doubt:

A leading skeptic of climate change science whose work was cited last week by Virginia Attorney Gen. Ken Cuccinelli is himself under investigation on charges that his work contained plagiarism and inaccuracies, a George Mason University spokesman confirmed Friday.

What’s Edward Wegman accused of? As DeSmogBlog reports:

Wegman, who was chair of the National Academy of Sciences’ (NAS) Committee on Applied and Theoretical Statistics, was tapped in ’06 by Republican representatives Joe Barton and Ed Whitfield to assemble a so-called “expert panel” to critique the famous hockey stick, a graph illustrating a thousand-year temperature record as reconstructed by climate scientists Michael Mann, Raymond Bradley and Malcolm Hughes. But Silicon Valley entrepreneur John Mashey has since demonstrated  that, rather than convene a group of experts, Wegman tapped a couple of grad students and together they produced a report that was generously plagiarized from Bradley’s own work and then twisted – or just misrepresented – to appear to undermine the hockey stick and its creators.

Will the loss of credibility of a prominent climate denier prompt the slightest change in the stances of McDonnell, Bolling & Cuccinelli? I’m skeptical.

Cross-posted from The Green Miles

  • blue bronc

    The Florida AG is so anti-gay he hires a really bad consultant who has rent-boy problems. But the AG stands behind his busted butt.

    Now CH Cooch has his little problem with being so anti-science his best anti-science consultant can’t bother to actually bother with research on his own.

    One thing this whole disgusting episode does point out is the use of the “lie” and the constant, never stop attack and meme of the republicans. The lie this time is there is a major world wide conspiracy involving tens of thousands of research items to defraud the world of the real science of BP and Exxon says so. And only CH Cooch has the brass to take down the conspiracy.

    The “hockey stick graph” is no more than the strawman of the attacks. Just as ACORN was vilified with reason, so is the “hockey stick graph”. The Republicans know that by taking something innocuous and turning it into the most horrible and world destroying item they win. Their meme is that they are the only ones to take on and protect the world from destruction.

    And, as you can see by the frivolous attacks by CH Cooch, they do not stop. ACORN was destroyed by the R’s once the weak and worthless Dems joined in. The same will happen with CH Cooch and his attacks on UVA.