Virginia: The Latest Front in the GOP War on Science October 6, 2010Posted by Jamie Friedland in Climate Change, Politics.
Tags: Climate Change, Climate Denial, Climategate, GOP, Ken Cuccinelli, Michael Mann, Virginia
New post at Change.org about how Virginia’s attorney general is earning a name for himself as an anti-science zealot:
Cuccinelli was deeply moved by the fake scandal in Britain [Climategate]. Based on that alone, he chose to investigate a prominent American scientist for fraud, setting a new baseline legal precedent for probable cause that a local newspaper articulately dubbed “hey-it’s-not-impossible.”
Since then, all the researchers have been repeatedly vindicated.
After these developments, this week, Mr. Cuccinelli pursued the only logical course of action: He served a new subpoena to UVA.
Unable to challenge climate science on technical merits, the GOP has taken the fight to the streets. Or worse yet, to Congress. Beyond legislating their values, conservatives are now trying to write laws dictating what is true and what is false – arbitrarily striking down facts via legal decree. As if a 60-vote supermajority could by mutual self-delusion muzzle the laws of atmospheric chemistry. FYI, just in case that doesn’t work, they’re also trying to ban climate science from the classroom.
Full post here.