Mann, Virginia and the Suggestio Falsi
Mann said in an email that he was pleased that the legal campaign was over. But he added: "It's sad that so much money and resources had to be wasted on Cuccinelli's witch hunt against me and the University of Virginia, when it could have been invested, for example, in measures to protect Virginia's coastline from the damaging effects of sea-level rise it is already seeing."
As the author of the iconic "hockey stick graph" showing a sharp rise in warming in the 20th century, Mann has long been a target of those who deny the existence of climate change, who accuse him of manipulating data.
So the sea level in Virginia is rising.
The mean sea level trend is 4.44 millimeters/year with a 95% confidence interval of /- 0.27 mm/yr based on monthly mean sea level data from 1927 to 2006 which is equivalent to a change of 1.46 feet in 100 years.
Mann is correct and I wouldn't accuse him of manipulating the data, but the suggestio falsi is that this is a new and urgent problem caused by AGW.