It seems that substantial evidence compiled by John Mashey has helped lead to an investigation into Edward Wegman’s possible academic misconduct in the production of his very prominent report to Congress [PDF] on the Hockeystick.
I will only add a couple of brief comments. Firstly, although the media buzz will be largely about the plagarism charges (and the apologists will focus there as well – copied doesn’t mean wrong), there is much more to John’s detailed evidence than this. Citations were not just missing but often contradicted the report’s content and there is clear indication that for Wegman this was a case of conclusion first, write the report after.
This makes it far from the independent scholarship it has been touted as, and goes a long way towards explaining why the NAS Hockeystick report had nearly opposite conclusions.
It is also very interesting to note how this scandal has developed compared to the investigations into Mann, Phil Jones and the CRU email hacking affair (aka Climategate). Both began as blog storms, but that is about the end of the similarity. In the case of CRU email issues we had immediate and tremendous outcries from mainstream media based on exageration and imagination, followed swiftly by government and intitutional investigations that turned up no wrong-doing and the widespread persistence of the original falsified claims. In this case we have detailed evidence of wrong doing followed by months of inaction and media silence finally leading to institutional investigation.
Let’s see where it goes from here, my money is on serious acedemic reprecussions for Wegman and grudgingly sparse media coverage that will disappear down the memory hole.