Hack attorney general climate skeptic tossed aside by the judge.

Monday, August 30th, 2010 @ 10:23 pm | Clueless Conservatives, Global warming

Wingers really believed they had something with “Climategate,” and immediately coalesced around Dr. Michael Mann as an arch-nemesis. His vindications have been multiple and thorough, and when Virginia’s activist rightwinger attorney general tried to make political hay by investigating Mann, the judge tossed it out of court because in the end he didn’t have any evidence.

According to Peatross, the Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act, under which the civil investigative demand was issued, requires that the attorney general include an “objective basis” to believe that fraud has been committed. Peatross indicates that the attorney general must state the reason so that it can be reviewed by a court, which Cuccinelli failed to do.

See here for thoughts on my epic smackdown with a classic rightwinger on this topic at CPST. It’s a classic study in debate between a rational person in control of the facts and a raving lunatic. Rightwingers know, of course, to delay you and then accuse you of delaying (it’s akin to blocking everything they can in the Senate and claiming Obama isn’t getting enough done). But much like in the Prop 8 case, rightwinger mania doesn’t automatically translate into a solid case in court.


UPDATE: Almost on cue, one of the world’s biggest climate change skeptics changes heart and actually declares the evidence overwhelming, the problem urgent, and a carbon tax the solution.

One Response to “Hack attorney general climate skeptic tossed aside by the judge.”

  1. jtl909 Says:

    Quote from Mann:

    “I’m very pleased that the judge has ruled in our favor,” he said in a statement. “It is a victory not just for me and the university, but for all scientists who live in fear that they may be subject to a politically-motivated witch hunt when their research findings prove inconvenient to powerful vested interests.”