The report aimed to refute, specifically, the “hockey stick” theory introduced by Michael Mann. Mann’s graphs showed the world’s temperature staying about the same for centuries before spiking with the Industrial Revolution.
Barton wanted to take Mann down. In preparation for hearing on climate change, Barton demanded Mann turn over all his raw data and software, as well as information on all his sources of funding.
Indeed, Wegman’s report — which apparently heavily plagiarized textbooks and Wikipedia — challenged the validity of Mann’s peer review by noting the connections between Mann and the fellow climatologists that reviewed his data, suggesting an untoward coziness.
Outside the committee, the report was seized on by other climate change skeptics, including theWall Street Journal, which wrote an editorial bashing the idea that there was a consensus that global warming is real.
Textbooks andWikipedia. An undergrad taking rocks-for-jocks would be ashamed and offended at the stupidity. I mean, seriously, I put more energy into cheating at Scrabble.
First of all, you never plagiarize from something that’s online, it’s too easy to check. Second, this is a supposed university professor, you would think he’d have more access than anyone to sophisticated cheating techniques. Just ask one of your students, Jesus, this is dumb.
I think I’m just mostly annoyed that these are the great minds the American people have decided should run the country. Ideologically blinded, and bigots, nothing new, but I would at least ask that if you’re going to be our new evil overlords, could you at least be competent? It’s one thing to choose between stupid and evil; it’s another to decide to just put your shoulder into it and be BOTH.