The Republican War on Science

The Hook reports:

In papers sent to UVA April 23, [Virginia Attorney General] Cuccinelli’s office commands the university to produce a sweeping swath of documents relating to Mann’s receipt of nearly half a million dollars in state grant-funded climate research conducted while Mann– now director of the Earth System Science Center at Penn State– was at UVA between 1999 and 2005.

Cuccinelli isn’t just asking for documents relating to his research grants but all correspondence Mann had with Caspar Ammann, Raymond Bradley, Keith Briffa, John Christy, Edward Cook, Thomas Crowley, Roseanne D’Arrigo, Valerie Masson-Delmotte, David Douglass, Jan Esper, Melissa Free, Chris de Freitas, Vincent Grey [sic], James Hack, Malcolm Hughes, Eystein Jansen, Phil Jones, Thomas Karl, Otto Kinne, A.T.J de Laat, Murari Lal, Stephen Mackwell, Glenn McGregor, Stephen McIntyre, Ross McKitrick, Patrick Michaels, Jonathan Overpeck, Tim Osborn, Roger Pielke Jr, Benjamin Santer, Gavin Schmidt, Stephen Schneider, Olga Solomina, Susan Solomon, Kevin Trenberth, Eugene Wahl, Edward Wegman, Thomas Wigley, Vincent Gray [again!] and all RAs, secretaries, and administrative staff at the University of Virginia. As well as all correspondence that references anyone in the list above.

Eli Rabett picks up comments from Chip Knappenberger, who is appalled, and S Fred Singer who is gloating. See also Coby Beck.

Update: To his credit, Steve McIntyre separates himself from Anthony Watts with a forthright condemnation of Cuccinelli. Commenters at Climate Audit seem disappointed.

Update 2: Tom Fuller comes up with some, err, interesting spin:

while skeptics and lukewarmers are defending Mann, those on his side seem ready and willing to throw him under the bus

You see, Mann hasn’t posted about the matter on RealClimate, so obviously Mann must be throwing Mann under the bus. Fuller pretends that I’m the only one on Mann’s side posting in his defence even though this post links to posts from Eli Rabett and Coby Beck. Fuller also missed posts from PZ Myers, Mike the Mad Biologist, Chris Mooney, Thers, Ben Hale, Steve Benen, Phil Plait and Ed Darrell.

Fuller also seems to have missed this, from Climate Change Fraud (listed on his his own blog roll as a skeptic blog)

I applaud Ken Cuccinelli’s efforts to figure out whether Michael Mann is what he seems to be, a criminal and a witch that has to be hunted down, and I hope that eventually “bigger fish” will be investigated, too.

And James Delingpole

This blog’s hero of the week is Ken Cuccinelli.

Nor can his own post be considered a defence of Mann since he also accuses Mann of being involved in “perhaps the biggest scientific hoax since Piltdown Man”.


  1. #1 Derecho64
    May 18, 2010

    “Physics Today” has a piece on this story – they take an extremely dim view of this McCarthyism.

    [Read it here.](

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