Hockey sticks and academic freedom

“At some point Dr. Mann crossed the line from scientist solely in pursuit of truth to activist with a book to sell.”

Paul Jossey writes at the Daily Caller:

Recently the Virginia Supreme Court put the kibosh on Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s quest for information relating to former University of Virginia (UVA) climate scientist Michael Mann. Mr. Cuccinelli sought this information under Virginia’s Fraud Against Taxpayers Act after questionable comments by Dr. Mann surfaced in what became known as “Climategate.”

The court’s ruling is a sad development for Virginia taxpayers, but is even more disturbing for science…

At some point Dr. Mann crossed the line from scientist solely in pursuit of truth to activist with a book to sell. The book’s title is illuminating: “The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines.” Activists go to “war,” scientists do not. Through Twitter, he links to liberal websites touting President Obama’s electoral prospects as evidence of his perceived persecution. And in one of the “Climategate II” emails he wrote he “gave up” on another scientist because she was not firmly committed enough to the “cause.” But Dr. Mann’s cause, whether it be selling books, preserving his professional reputation, or obtaining more government funding, is not purely science. And the Virginia Supreme Court shouldn’t make us “just trust him.”

2 thoughts on “Hockey sticks and academic freedom”

  1. Jossey’s indictment of the VA Supreme Court is
    wrong. And tasteless. The problem is Dr. Mann,
    not the court.

    “But the high court ruled today that the university is not “a person” under the act, and the term “corporation” as used in the statute does not include state agencies such as public universities.”
    — Richmond T-D

    The court said the act Cuccenelli was trying to use
    doesn’t apply. So Cuch needs to find another way,
    and/or the legislature needs to amend the act.

    It’s too bad that access to Mann’s emails wasn’t
    granted, but that doesn’t make the state court
    the bad guys.

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