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McAuliffe’s climate activist and FOIA

- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 4, 2013

Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic candidate for Virginia governor, will kick off Science Week with Michael Mann. Of all the climate scientists to drag into the politics of global warming and climate change, one could hardly do worse than Mr. Mann.

Mr. Mann is the real denier in the global-warming controversy. He is denying the taxpayers who funded his "work" at the University of Virginia (UVa.) from seeing that "work." To add insult to injury, UVa. has spent hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars fighting Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests for release of the taxpayer-funded "global-warming research" activities of Mr. Mann and his associates at the university. The malfeasance of the UVa. administration in keeping the public, which paid for this Mann activity, from seeing this "work" is unconscionable.

What is Mr. Mann hiding? Isn't sharing and debating research fundamentally at the very heart of the scientific method? This clearly is not his personal intellectual property. Why is he continuing the "Climategate" cover-up? The Roanoke Times editorially declared that the FOIA laws and processes should be followed and the material made public. We're waiting for every news reporter at every McAuliffe-Mann event to ask: "Why are you hiding your activities at a public college that the taxpayers funded?"

LARS HAGEN

Moneta, Va.

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