Saturday, 23 October 2010

University of Virginia stands up against Cuccinelli’s war on reality

i’ve reported before that the Attorney-General of Virginia Ken Cuccinelli started a war on reality by  starting a politically motivated civil investigate demand (CID) against the University of Virginia (UVA) and Michael Mann. The request was blocked in August by court because Cuccinelli failed to show why an investigation actually would be necessary. in other words, Cuccinelli had no arguments whatsoever for trying to harass scientists. Cuccinelli failed to see that attacking science because you don’t like the conclusions is big ‘no’.

but now Cuccinelli simply restarted the procedure and filed a new CID which caused the Washington post write Ken Cuccinelli seems determined to embarrass Virginia.
Thursday the University of Virginia (Michael Mann’s current employer) did what it had to do : it started to court filings against Cuccinelli’s politically motivated attack on science. 
The surprising thing is the strong wording used by the university. UVA calles Cuccinelli’s deeds "an unprecedented and improper governmental intrusion into ongoing scientific research" and said that Cuccinelli is targeting Mann because he "disagrees with his academic research regarding climate change."

It’s a very courageous thing to do of the UVA, but it’s a clear signal. The hardcore section of the American republicans need to learn that when scientific conclusions don’t match the worldview, maybe the proper thing to do would be to question the worldview. Instead of attacking reality.

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