John Mashey, in comments writes:
It has been a busy week or so, with more to come.
1) See Fakery, p.3 and p.12.
In ~2009, Heartland+SEPP+CSCDGC got ~$8M.
The other 9 on p.3 got ~$39M.The additional 36 501(c)(3) on p.12 added another $283M.
Now, only some of that is for climate disinformation, but some of it is for tobacco advocacy and other science disinformation, such as on environmental issues. In addition, these entities cross-support each other in various ways. One often finds them cross-quoting, cross-writing articles, signing petitions, together.
It is far cheaper to create confusion than to actually do science and improve understanding. Still, there’s a $330M in 2009 for these folks.
I can assure you that this story … is only starting again.
It only took 709 days to reach this conclusion, and people might ponder this passage from Strange Inquiries at GMU (SIGMU), p.21, from GMU’s policy:
‘In conducting the investigation, the committee –
(a) Uses diligent efforts to ensure that the investigation is thorough and sufficiently documented and includes examination of all research records and evidence relevant to reaching a decision on the merits of the allegations;
(b) Interviews each respondent, complainant, and any other available person who has been reasonably identified as having information regarding any relevant aspects of the investigation, including witnesses identified by the respondent; and
(c) Pursues diligently all significant issues and leads discovered that are determined relevant to the investigation, including any evidence of additional instances of possible research misconduct, and continues the investigation to completion.’
Now, inquiring minds might want to know:
2) Did the committee ever check Deep Climate to see if anything else came up? Guess not.
3) Did the committee ever get anything like this graph of the various alleged plagiarisms with Wegman and students?
4) Are Roger Stough (VP Research), Peter Stearns (provost) and Alan Merton (GMU PResident) involved?
Anyway, main conversation is at Deep Climate for the latest news, but others should know.