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Posted at 11:43 AM ET, 08/26/2011

Of Mann and straw men

After a lengthy (and expensive) legal battle, the University of Virginia has released the first batch of former U-Va. professor Michael Mann’s e-mails to the American Tradition Institute. The release comes at roughly the same time another investigation into Mann’s work — this one by the National Science Foundation — exonerated Mann of any wrong-doing.

For some, the NSF’s findings are reason enough to say that those who challenged Mann should fold their tents and go home. Others, like the Richmond-Times Dispatch, go a step further, though, and demand that Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli “drop his own inquiry, apologize to Mann and then apologize to the taxpayers.”

Cuccinelli is, in the paper’s opinion, guilty of playing to the Republican faithful, who, it seems, are rather hostile to science and free inquiry. Leaving these rather tatty straw men aside, let’s recall a couple of things:

[Continue reading Norman Leahy’s post at The Score.]

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By Norman Leahy  |  11:43 AM ET, 08/26/2011

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