Judge derails Virginia AG’s latest attack on climate science

September 1, 2010 § Leave a comment

Judge derails Virginia AG’s latest attack on climate science

A Virginia judge has blocked an attempt by Virginia state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli to pursue a well-known climate scientist on fraud charges. Cuccinelli claimed that Michael Mann, who has become famous for his attempts to reconstruct the climate of the past 1,000 years, was likely to have committed fraud in obtaining grant money to fund his research while at the University of Virginia, and demanded all records related to the grant, as well as any e-mails exchanged by Mann. The University petitioned to have this demand for documents set aside and, this morning, a judge agreed.

Mann has become widely known for his production of the “hockey stick” graph of recent temperatures, which suggests that the past few decades have been the warmest period in over 1,000 years. Although his original reconstruction has been publicly attacked, subsequent research by Mann and others has replicated his general conclusions. Mann’s correspondence also made an appearance in the cache of e-mails taken from the University of East Anglia, which led his current institution, Penn State University, to launch an inquiry that cleared him of any wrongdoing.

http://arstechnica.com/science/news/2010/08/va-attorney-generals-pursuit-of-c…

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