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Articles by Keith Harrington

Keith Harrington is the Maryland/DC Field Director for the Chesapeake Climate Action Network and the Climate and Energy Specialist for the Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy. His writings can also be found on the Huffington Post, Change.org, Truthout and Alternet.org.

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Ken Cuccinelli. (Photo by Gage Skidmore.)

It’s an absolute scandal: During tough economic times, a Virginia government employee has been caught red-handed misspending public funds to advance his political agenda on climate change.

If you think the allusion here is to former University of Virginia climate researcher Michael Mann, the author of the famous hockey stick graph on atmospheric temperatures and a favorite butt of climate-skeptic attacks, think again. Despite a hard-nosed corruption investigation led by Virginia Attorney General (and prominent climate denier) Ken Cuccinelli, every judicial body to examine the Mann case thus far, including several Virginia courts, the National Science Foundation [PDF], and a Penn State ethics panel, has rejected allegations that the professor fraudulently obtained public research dollars.

Unlike the case against Michael Mann, this scandal involves indisputable evidence of tax-dollar abuse. So, given his aggressiveness in the Mann case, how did Cuccinelli manage to let this more clear-cut case slip through the cracks?

Well, because people don’t tend to sue th... Read more

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