I always marvel at the scientist-government conspiracy theories the more wacky members of the climate denial machine toss around so confidently.
How do they fit this into their world view?
In papers sent to UVA April 23, Cuccinelli’s office commands the university to produce a sweeping swath of documents relating to Mann’s receipt of nearly half a million dollars in state grant-funded climate research conducted while Mann– now director of the Earth System Science Center at Penn State– was at UVA between 1999 and 2005.
Among the documents Cuccinelli demands are any and all emailed or written correspondence between or relating to Mann and more than 40 climate scientists, documents supporting any of five applications for the $484,875 in grants, and evidence of any documents that no longer exist along with proof of why, when, and how they were destroyed or disappeared.
$484,875 over six years. Wow, big money, no wonder he sold his soul. (And shared it with his institution, lab, assistants and collaborators and his equipment suppliers.)
Of course this is not the first instance of government harrassment Mann has endured.
So, seriously, how does that square with the idea of a collusion between government and scientists to manufacture a cash-cow scare story?