1. The Virginia AG demand for Mann’s communications was based on legitimate concern (in the wake of Climategate) about the credibility of Mann’s taxpayer-funded research.
2. The Rep. Grijalva/Sen. Ed Markey demand for records on Soon and other skeptics is an effort to embarrass Soon, other skeptics and their institutions over the private funding of their research – not the credibility of the research itself.
"Publicly singling out specific researchers based on perspectives they have expressed and implying a failure to appropriately disclose funding sources — and thereby questioning their scientific integrity — sends a chilling message to all academic researchers," director of the meteorological society, Keith Seitter, wrote in a letter to Grijalva on Friday.