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UVA President John Casteen Tarnishes his Reputation

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is taking a serious look at the whole global warming picture. The science, or more specifically the missing scientific data, the emails admitting to “tricks” and the entire debacle surrounding Climate Change has come into question. The serious implications man made global warming could have on mankind is not a frivolous matter.

But recent revelations call the entire “science” into question. Educational institutions around the world have done more to damage the science by hiding data, claiming data has gone missing, and discussing ways to avoid FOIA requests via the leaked emails.

There are not only potentially disastrous events that could occur, if the conclusions are correct that man has caused the earth to warm, but large fortunes that could be made by way of laws designed to support technology required to combat such a disaster.

With so much hanging in the balance, the scientists studying the matter should have taken great care that their work was above reproach. (But that should be the standard in any scientific endeavor.) It should have been expected that any conclusions which would necessitate massive changes in human lifestyles, massive government regulation and control of every aspect of our lives and taxation beyond our worst nightmares, would necessarily require the utmost integrity.

Instead, the leaked emails from East Anglia cast doubt on the entire process. And to find out that the University of Virginia, a school largely supported by Virginian’s tax dollars, was a possible part of this ugly situation, a situation that threatens to impugn the reputation of a public University, one would think that the President of such a University would cooperate fully to prevent such a mark on it’s reputation.

Not University of Virginia President John Casteen III. He supports fighting a request from the Attorney General to release grant information of one of those involved in a possible fraud, former UVA professor Michael Mann. This is an unconscionable act of obfuscation that immediately raises the question: What is Casteen hiding?

According to the Washington Post:

In a motion filed in Charlottesville, the University of Virginia argued that Cuccinelli’s subpoena for papers and e-mail from global warming researcher Michael Mann exceeds the attorney general’s authority under state law and intrudes on the rights of professors to pursue academic inquiry free from political pressure.

Cuccinelli, a vocal skeptic of global warming who is suing the Environmental Protection Agency over the issue, has said he is investigating whether Mann committed fraud by knowingly skewing data as he sought publicly funded grants for his research. Mann left U-Va. in 2005 and now works at Penn State.

Cuccinelli is asking questions and looking for answers. How ironic that an institution charged with providing answers has decided to withhold this information. Stonewalling really does more to convince most people that the science is, indeed, fraudulent.

And what a horrific waste of school funds that could actually go for education instead of legal fees.

About Tom White

Tom is a US Navy Veteran, owns an Insurance Agency and is currently an IT Manager for a Virginia Distributor. He has been published in American Thinker, currently writes for the Richmond Examiner as well as Virginia Right! Blog. Tom lives in Hanover County, Va and is involved in politics at every level and is a Recovering Republican who has finally had enough of the War on Conservatives in progress with the Leadership of the GOP on a National Level.

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