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Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Re: “Cases show Cuccinelli’s priorities,” June 2 Dan Casey column:
Understanding Ken Cuccinelli’s crusade against climatologist Michael Mann requires us to look beyond the attorney general’s contemptible defense of a garden-variety swindlers. Since politicians and lawyers often have an affinity for con men, it’s hardly surprising that Cuccinelli wound up in “Bobby Thompson’s” corner.
Mann, on the other hand, is a scientist who has spent his professional life in a search, not for riches, but for robust historical evidence about ongoing changes in Earth’s climate. Because his findings and analyses were problematic for corporate forces who’ve bankrolled climate-change denial in America for decades, his work had to be discredited — hence the usefulness of an ideologically propelled attorney general.
Cuccinelli’s vindictiveness has historical parallels. For example, take the 19th-century discoverer of antisepsis: Ignaz Semmelweiss died at 47 after his life-saving findings were denounced by medical professionals who resented being told to wash their hands.
Climatologists like Mann are planetary doctors; rejecting their findings will translate into unimaginable losses of life and property in the coming decades — losses that will redden the hands of anti-science zealots like Cuccinelli, and be remembered throughout human history as a tragedy triggered by greed and ignorance.
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