Friday, October 22, 2010

Once again, Canadians for the win

Recently, there's been a flap about Virginia's State Attorney General, Ken Cuccinelli, has been engaging in his own private war against climate scientists at the University of Virginia. His accusations are ridiculous - it's a politically motivated witch hunt, and has the goods.

Some of the scientists who Cuccinelli has falsely accused have returned fire with strong letters of defense. And now, UVa has returned fire. They've sent out a strongly worded court filing which condemns Cuccinelli's actions. They say the 'investigation' "constitutes an unprecedented and improper governmental intrusion into ongoing scientific research". Read it here.

It's pretty clear who's in the wrong here. Cuccinelli is abusing his power to harass scientists - a grievous abuse. But it's raised a lot of questions about how governments, state and national, wrongly interfere with legitimate and important scientific research for their own petty political means. There have been incidents lately with attempts to censor research results because they disagree with politician's personal convictions. There's also a lot of talk on what to do.

The Canadians, they don't mess around. Their Conservative Party illegally attempts to force them to get permission to share results with the media, they fight back. They launch a website to place research results where everyone can see them. They're fighting back against censorship.


Publicscience.ca, folks. That's where it's at.

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