Remember Climategate? That thing where a bunch of people who had no idea what they were talking about told people who knew what they were talking about that they didn’t know what they were talking about. Apparently it’s still not dead to some people. Like Virginia State Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II.
In case you weren’t paying attention, Ken Cuccinelli is the guy who thinks your social security number is used to track you, is thinking about investigating President Obama’s citizenship, and doesn’t like boobies (the things on women, not the birds, although I wouldn’t be surprised if he didn’t like those either).
Let’s go to the Washington Post:
Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II is demanding that the University of Virginia turn over a broad range of documents from a former professor to determine whether he defrauded taxpayers as he sought grants for global warming research.
Crap! We’ve been discovered! It was only a matter of time before the entire scientific community was caught in its lie. You got us Cucci-cucci-coonelli. (Note: That was sarcasm)
The former professor is Michael Mann, who was already investigated after the Climategate thing and cleared:
The review, by a panel of senior administrators at Pennsylvania State University, found no evidence that climatologist Michael Mann had manipulated research that indicates humans are causing global warming. However, the panel has recommended further review on questions about whether his conduct had undermined public confidence in his findings as a scientist.
So Mann was not found to be manipulating data, but apparently was just human, getting frustrated by the denialists constantly attacking him and his work.
Let’s keep beating this dead horse.
In an interview, Cuccinelli said the request is part of an “open inquiry” into whether there were “knowing inconsistencies” made by Mann as he sought taxpayer dollars to fund research.“In light of the Climategate e-mails, there does seem to at least be an argument to be made that a course was undertaken by some of the individuals involved, including potentially Michael Mann, where they were steering a course to reach a conclusion,” he said. “Our act, frankly, just requires honesty.”
But Mark R. Levin, president of the Landmark Legal Foundation, a leading group challenging climate change science, said Cuccinelli’s inquiry is logical given his suit against the Environmental Protection Agency.
“There is no scientific consensus on global warming or Mann’s influence on global warming, if indeed it is occurring,” Levin said. “The federal government is relying on junk science. So it’s perfectly reasonable the attorney general is raising these issues.”
I suppose there is no scientific consensus except for the SCIENTIFIC CONSENSUS!!!!!!
I wonder if these guys even know any scientists, or talk to them, or read stuff they write, or know what Science! is?