Tag: Michael Mann
Dr. Mann, a Professor and Director of the Earth System Science Center at Pennsylvania State University, has instituted this lawsuit against the two organizations, along with two of their authors, based upon their false and defamatory statements accusing him of academic fraud and comparing him to a convicted child molester, Jerry Sandusky. [...]Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli clumsy attempt at "investigating" Dr. Mann's work was laughed out of court. Mann has been contemplating a lawsuit for months and is now moving forward, so he must feel he has a much stronger legal case than science's hapless enemies.
In response to these types of accusations, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Science Foundation and seven other organizations have conducted investigations into Dr. Mann's work, finding any and all allegations of academic fraud to be baseless. Every investigation-and every replication of Mann's work-has concluded that his research and conclusions were properly conducted and fairly presented.
Despite their knowledge of the results of these many investigations, the defendants have nevertheless accused Dr. Mann of academic fraud and have maliciously attacked his personal reputation with the knowingly false comparison to a child molester. The conduct of the defendants is outrageous, and Dr. Mann will be seeking judgment for both compensatory and punitive damages.
Ken Cuccinelli's opinionated hammer came down forcefully the other day when he claimed that there's a "50-50" chance that Virginia's unnecessary voter identification bills will pass the muster of review by the U.S. Department of Justice. Given Kookinelli's recent track record, buyers of this conclusion beware.
Cuccinelli also thought that his crusade against Michael Mann and his climate science would succeed as well. The Virginia Supreme Court ruled otherwise.
But what the gun-slinging and crusading of Cuccinelli has revealed is a man whose conceit is unbounded, even by political standards.
Cuccinelli went on to claim that "This president [President Obama] and his administration are the biggest law breakers to run the federal government in our lifetimes." Did the George W. Bush administration already drop from Cuccinelli's memory? What an incredible statement!
There is your average political rhetoric and then there is Cuccinelli's political rhetoric. Ask me to define it, I couldn't; "I'll know it when I see it." It's the type of political bluster that takes every issue and violently pulls it into the far-right and warped world of Cuccinelli and his cult of adherents. It's a type of political demagoguery few politicians in our own jaded and partisan times have been able or willing to muster.
As the report from NSF's Inspector General states,
...no direct evidence has been presented that indicates the Subject fabricated the raw data he used for his research or falsified his results. Much of the current debate focuses on the viability of the statistical procedures he employed, the statistics used to confirm the accuracy of the results, and the degree to which one specific set of data impacts the statistical results. These concerns are all appropriate for scientific debate and to assist the research community in directing future research efforts to improve understanding in this field of research. Such scientific debate is ongoing but does not, in itself, constitute evidence of research misconduct.
This follows similar studies findings of no misconduct based on the so-called "climategate" emails, by the Inspector General of The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Penn State University, University of East Anglia, and the British Parliament.
If our Attorney General were a real man, he would at this point admit that he is wrong in continuing to harass Professor Mann and UVA, drop this case, and focus on actually doing his job for the taxpayers of Virginia. But...alas.
That seems to be the conclusion of a recent Op-Ed in the Washington Examiner, a right wing rag so worthless that it has to be given away for free. In this commentary, state Delegate Bob Marshall and two conservative nobodies defend Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's assault on climate scientist Michael Mann and the University of Virginia, and proclaim that they're backing up Cooch's Civil Investigative Demands (CIDs) to U.VA. with a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) of their own.
They join the attack on Thomas Jefferson's university by - conservatives' favorite strategy - blaming the victim. Their argument being that a university that defies the efforts of a powerful government official to accuse a former professor of criminal fraud for supporting climate change - based on zero evidence, as one judge has already found - must be "hiding something."
All this from the same conservatives who compare President Obama to Adolf Hitler for, um, requiring people to buy health insurance? How can people survive with such cognitive dissonance without their heads exploding?