A feature column known as "Furthermore ..." appears on the Opinion page of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. In the November 29 paper, the following item was printed:
Climate change paper rife with plagiarized copy
Apparently some people who disagree global warming is happening also disagree with doing their own work.
An investigation by USA Today found a 2006 congressional report frequently referenced by climate change deniers was rife with plagiarism. Analysis of the report, which questioned the validity of global warming, found it liberally lifted material for textbooks, Wikipedia and the work of one the scientists critiqued by the report.
Edward Wegman, a statistician at George Mason University, led the report challenging scientific findings that the last century was the warmest in 1,000 years.
“It kind of undermines the credibility of your work criticizing others’ integrity when you don’t conform to the basic rules of scholarship,” said Virginia Tech plagiarism expert Skip Garner.
Review of the report found 35 pages of the 91-page report “are mostly plagiarized text, but often injected with errors, bias and changes of meaning.”
The faulty report has become a popular tool to dispute global warming and discredit climate scientists.
|Source: Watts Up With That|
First of all, the report was on the subject of the Michael Mann's "hockey stick" graph that pointed temperatures skyward after a history of no supposed temperature increases. This graph was famously debunked back in 2005 by scientists Steven McIntyre and Ross McKitricks.
Second of all, climatologist Michael Mann, now on faculty at the University of Virginia, who was deeply involved the East Anglia University Climategate scandal, admitted on emails that the "hockey stick" was designed to "Hide the Decline" of temperatures in the new millennium.
Finally , Edward Wegman, a George Mason University statistician, at the behest of Congressman Joe Barton, headed a team that assembled a white paper on the subject of Mann's hockey stick graph. That report is here.
Although Wegman has denied the charges leveled by retired computer scientist John Mashey that he committed plagiarism, the J-G kind of missed that part as well.
"I will say that there is a lot of speculation and conspiracy theory in John Mashey's analysis which is simply not true," Wegman said.Plagiarism is a serious charge and GMU acted appropriately in beginning an investigation of the congressional report. Interestingly, when Michael Mann's name came up in the Climategate emails, UVA refused to open a full scale probe into charges of inappropriate behavior. Now the Virginia Attorney General's office has begun such an inquiry. You know, it is amazing to behold how, in academia, liberals always get a pass when liberals are in charge of the chicken coop.
"We are not the bad guys. … . We have never intended that our Congressional testimony was intended to take intellectual credit" for other scholars' work.
Wegman said he and his report co-authors felt "some pressure" from a House committee to complete the report "faster than we might like." But he denied that there was any attempt to tilt the influential climate report politically.
He said the committee "wanted our opinion as to the correctness of the mathematics" used in two climate studies.
"They wanted the truth as we saw it," Wegman said.