GMU's investigation of Wegman Report's shoddy scholarship now in the news, and all over blogs
In 2006, GMU [George Mason University] statistics professor, Edward Wegman, spearheaded a Congressional committee report critical of scientists' reconstructions of past climate conditions -- notably the 1999 "hockey stick" paper in Nature, which concluded that the 20th Century was the warmest one in a millennium. A National Research Council report later that year largely validated the 1999 paper's research, but the "Wegman" report has knocked around in public debate over climate ever since.Washington Post makes the connection between the Wegman 'report' and Virginia Attorney General Cuccinelli's witch-hunt against climate scientist Michael Mann:
GMU spokesman Daniel Walsch confirms that the university [...] is now investigating allegations that the Wegman report was partly plagiarized and contains fabrications. Last month, a 250-page report on the Deep Climate website written by computer scientist John Mashey [...] raised some of these concerns.
A leading skeptic of climate change science whose work was cited last week by Virginia Attorney Gen. Ken Cuccinelli is himself under investigation on charges that his work contained plagiarism and inaccuracies, a George Mason University spokesman confirmed Friday. [...]There's also coverage by Andrew Revkin (who calls this affair "Skepticgate"), Nature, DeSmogBlog, Hot Topic, Professor Scott Mandia, and Anna Haynes.
We've asked Cuccinelli's office for reaction to news of the GMU investigation and we'll bring you any response we receive.
I've cached John Mashey's 200+ page analysis of the Wegman 'report', Deep Climate's previous discussions of Wegman and his students' dubious scholarship, a copy of GMU's letter to Bradley on USA Today... and last but not least the Wegman 'report' itself. [cached: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7]
Update 2010-10-09: Tim Lambert spots more responses -- from Steve Scolnik, Things Break, and Lou Grinzo... and climate inactivists Lucia Liljegren, Keith Kloor, and Tom Fuller.
Another update 2010-10-09: Climate inactivist Anthony Watts to Keith Kloor: Thou hast been blacklisted. Prepare to be backtraced all the way up your ass. Amen. [cached]
Another update 2010-10-13: Tom Fuller engages in tomfullery: [cached]
John Mashey says that Wegman plagiarised material in his report to Congress.And more. [cached]
This is odd. Wegman is not a climate scientist. He is a statistician.
Update 2010-10-15: The British climate inactivists at the Global Warming Policy Foundation respond by outsourcing their 'fact-finding' to Canadian inactivist Stephen McIntyre. And a useless he-said-she-said article by the Richmond Times-Dispatch. [cached: 1, 2]
Update 2010-10-20: The Virginian-Pilot wonders why AG Cuccinelli is so silent on the Wegman affair. (Via BigCityLib.)