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lunedì 30 agosto 2010

Michael Mann: eroe della scienza del clima



Arriva oggi la notizia di una bella vittoria per Michael Mann e una vittoria per la democrazia e la giustizia. Il giudice della Virginia ha dato ragione all'Università della Virginia e ha respinto la richiesta del procuratore generale Cuccinelli di dare inizio alla sua investigazione sui contratti di ricerca di Mann.

Cuccinelli non si da per vinto è ha dichiarato che ripresenterà la sua domanda. Continua la caccia alle streghe diretta contro Michael Mann, scelto come vittima sacrificale per una crociata anti-scientifica. Attaccato da tutte le parti, minacciato di morte, messo in lista come "ebreo" nei siti nazisti, oggetto di odio, offese, ludibrio, vignette e film satirici propagandistici, la sua posta privata è stata rubata e messa in piazza e lui trattato come un criminale.

Eppure, Mann resiste: il suo "hockey stick" ha resistito a tutti i test e agli sforzi di trovarci degli errori. Nonostante le minacce e le offese, Mann continua il suo lavoro e non si arrende. Non scende a compromessi e continua a dire la sua.

Quelli che continuano a fare il loro dovere di fronte a grandi difficoltà, attaccati da forze preponderanti, e anche a rischio della vita, quelli li chiamiamo "eroi."  Michael Mann, a questo punto, si merita questo titolo: un vero eroe della scienza del clima. Bravo Michael, continua così!!!


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Judge Rules Against Cuccinelli’s Witch Hunt Of Michael Mann


Virginia Attorney General and global warming denier Ken Cuccinelli has been rebuffed by a state Circuit Court judge who ruled today that Cuccinelli's politically-charged subpoena against the University of Virginia and climate scientist Michael Mann lacked an “objective basis.”
Judge Paul M. Peatross Jr. ruled that Cuccinelli’s subpoena failed to include a "reason to believe" that Mann violated Virginia fraud statutes by receiving research grants from the state to study climate change.  Cuccinelli is seeking years’ worth of documents related to Mann’s work at UVA, but his political attacks on climate science and efforts to waste Virginia taxpayers’ money will have to return to the drawing board.
In his six-page ruling Judge Peatross wrote:
"What the Attorney General suspects that Dr. Mann did that was false or fraudulent in obtaining funds from the Commonwealth is simply not stated."
Dr. Mann, who now works at Penn State University, 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.”

But the victory is likely to be short-lived.  Any hopes that Cuccinelli would finally end his political circus act and focus on fighting real crime in Virginia were dashed when he immediately announced intentions to re-file the civil investigative demand.
Extensive independent reviews of Mann’s work have all concluded the climate scientist has been nothing but honest and transparent.  Mann’s only ‘crime’ in Cuccinelli’s eyes is that he is a leading scientist conducting research that confirms humans have dangerously altered the climate.
For that he must be smeared at taxpayers’ expense, according to Cuccinelli, whose crusade against science and reason is sure to continue.