Va. Attorney General Draws UVa Into Climate Change Fray

May 4, 2010

The attorney general of Virginia has ordered the University of Virginia to turn over documents as part of what he called an "open inquiry" to determine whether a former professor defrauded taxpayers while seeking grants for global warming research, The Washington Post reported. With the move, Ken Cucinelli II drew UVa into the climate change controversy that has embroiled several British institutions and Pennsylvania State University, where the former Virginia professor, Michael Mann, now works. Cuccinelli said he wanted to know whether Mann cited "knowing inconsistencies" about climate change in applying for federal grants; Mann and a lawyer for the American Association of University Professors told the Post that the attorney general's inquiry smacked of an "inquisition" that could threaten academic freedom.

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