eldavojohn writes: A letter from Representative Edward Markey outlines Ken Cuccinelli's (Virginia Attorney General) latest civil investigative demand targeting 39 people instead of just Michael Mann. You may recall that the original investigation was quashed by a judge but the latest request demands records from people seemingly unrelated to Mann including an Indian glaciologist. Cuccinelli seems to be confused about the names of some of his own targets, demanding data from either Dr. Vincent GrEy or Dr. Vincent GrAy. The Bad Astronomer calls Cuccinelli out in a similar manner and lists Cuccinelli's doubts about Mann's papers saying 'Specifically, but without limitation, some of the conclusions of the papers demonstrate a complete lack of rigor regarding the statistical analysis of the alleged data, meaning that the result reported lacked statistical significance without a specific statement to that effect.' Mann responded by saying, 'I find it extremely disturbing that Mr. Cuccinelli has sought to continue to abuse his power as the attorney general of Virginia in this way, in the process smearing the University of Virginia and me and other climate scientists. The people of Virginia need to be extremely disturbed that he is using their tax dollars to pursue this partisan witch hunt.' The school that hosted the research announces the new investigation and the Union of Concerned Scientists accuses him of harrassing scientists.
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