Video: Climate Scientist Michael Mann Lays Out Stark Choice for Virginians

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    I’ve said it a million times, but I’ll say it again and again: anyone who denies climate science should be marginalized, laughed at, treated as a pariah, and certainly not considered for political office, let alone governor of Virginia! In addition, regardless of the specific topic of climate science, Ken Cuccinelli’s “monomaniacal witch hunt of intimidation, persecution and bullying” (in Chris Hayes’ words) against UVA Professor Michael Mann, represents a clear case of (massive) abuse of government power, and should also, in and of itself, automatically rule out Ken Cuccinelli for public – let alone higher – office.

    As for Michael Mann, we should all be profoundly grateful to him for his courage and perseverance in fighting back against Cuccinelli’s (and others’) thuggish attacks on science, on climate scientists, and on him personally. And we should listen to this great scientist as he lays out the “stark choice” facing Virginians when they vote for governor this November: 1) Terry McAuliffe, who “embraces science and technology” and who “recognizes that technological innovation is what’s going to help Virginia compete in the world economy in the 21st century”; and 2) Ken Cuccinelli, “who views science as something to attack if it doesn’t comport with his ideological views or the views of the special interests who fund his campaigns.”

    That’s about as stark a choice as you can get, and it’s not a difficult one. That is, if you believe in science, reason, the Enlightment, freedom of thought and from persecution by corrupt, bullying government officials like Ken Cuccinelli. Tough one, huh? (not)

    • that Ken Cuccinelli’s also wildly out of touch with the views of most Americans. Check this out:

      To help battle climate change, 65 percent of Americans endorse setting limits on dangerous carbon pollution from the nation’s power plants, according to a new national poll conducted for the Natural Resources Defense Council.

      The poll finds that even 49 percent of Republicans favor the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency establishing standards to curb power plant carbon pollution. The support among Democrats is 84 percent and 56 percent among independents.

      Furthermore, fully 61 percent of Americans back the major climate action plan President Obama unveiled on June 25th, according to the poll, the first conducted on all elements of the plan. In addition to tackling the unlimited carbon pollution released by power plants, the plan would improve vehicle fuel efficiency, boost energy efficiency for homes and businesses’ and invest more in wind and solar power.