Given the news that atmospheric CO2 concentrations have reached 400 parts per million, the highest in “probably more than 3 million years of Earth history,” I thought it was appropriate to post some video of former UVA Professor Michael Mann. Recall that Mann was the victim of a relentless, vicious, anti-science witch hunt by Ken Cuccinelli, Virginia’s modern-day version of the Inquisition against Galileo. For that reason alone, Cuccinelli should be unfit to ever hold ANY public office ANYWHERE in this country, let alone governor of Virginia. His actions have been not just those of an anti-science thug, but his assault on reason and free inquiry is also fundamentally un-American.
In stark contrast, Michael Mann is one of our nation’s – and planet’s, for that matter – heroes, and should be treated as such. The fact that a guy like Cuccinelli, heavily funded as he is by fossil fuel interests would – shocker! – feel threatened by the massive, overwhelming scientific evidence that fossil fuel combustion is ruining our planet and must be phased out as rapidly as possible, should not be surprising. It should, however, horrify and appall every one of us.