Further evidence that the conservative side of politics is not afraid to intimidate scientists can be seen in recent developments in the US.
Virginia’s Republican Attorney General, Ken Cuccinelli, attempts to intimidate climatologist Michael Mann (continually in the sights of deniers for his “hockey stick graph”) by raising the spectre of possible charges of “fraud”:
“No one can accuse Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli of shying from controversy. In his first four months in office, Cuccinelli directed public universities to remove sexual orientation from their anti-discrimination policies, attacked the Environmental Protection Agency, and filed a lawsuit challenging federal health care reform. Now, it appears, he may be preparing a legal assault on an embattled proponent of global warming theory who used to teach at the University of Virginia, Michael Mann.
In papers sent to UVA April 23, 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.
If Cuccinelli succeeds in finding a smoking gun like the purloined emails that led to the international scandal dubbed Climategate, Cuccinelli could seek the return of all the research money, legal fees, and trebled damages…”
The denial movement is rubbing it’s hands with glee, oblivious to the irony that they charge others with politicising the science. Mann, Jones and the CRU have already been cleared by multiple inquiries.
Why this continued attack?