Why Doesn’t Ken Cuccinelli Investigate THIS?!?


    Instead of wasting his time, and our money, “investigating” a real scientist doing real science, why doesn’t Virginia Attorney Ken Cuccinelli investigate a real scandal like this?!?

    Dan Vergano of USAToday reports that the journal Computational Statistics and Data Analysis has retracted a study authored by Edward Wegman, professor of statistics at George Mason University and premiere GOP climate-denial witness. The study in question was an extension of the infamous Wegman Report, which was commissioned by Texas Rep. “Smokey” Joe Barton for the useful purpose of smearing climate science and climate scientists. After blogger Deep Climate first detailed serious problems with the scholarship in the Wegman Report, USAToday asked three plagiarism experts to review the report and found that it relied heavily on plagiarised material lifted from textbooks and Wikipedia.


    George Mason University has been dragging its feet, refusing to deal with Wegman’s plagiarism and other ethical issues in a timely manner. They will find it more difficult to continue doing so now that a journal has retracted his paper. And the GOP will have to find another professor willing to risk his career, and his soul, to lie for them.

    Of course, we all know that Cuccinelli won’t be investigating Edward Wegman, or George Mason University, anytime soon. Why not? Simple: because the entire purpose of “the Cucc”‘s crusade against Michael Mann and UVA was always about “his ongoing campaign to wish away human-induced climate change” (for the facts from the National Academy of Sciences on that subject, click here) — demonstrating in the process “a dangerous disregard for scientific method and academic freedom” — end of story. Not that it’s surprising, or anything. Recall that “the Cucc” also hasn’t done his job in a number of other areas, such as investigating a criminal coal company (Massey) based in Virginia or a fraudulent “Navy Veterans’ Association” (that also happened to give Cuccinelli large sums of money). All part of the “stench” of Ken Cuccinelli, sad to say.

    • It’s all well and good and informative that this info is posted on Blue Virginia — where there aren’t many Kookynelly fans to start with.

      How about we spread this story to local newspapers all over the state, starting with the Richmond paper?

      And do any Democrats in the General Assembly know about this?

      You see, this is an example of the difference between them and us.  If this story went the other way — that is, if a study on which Al Gore’s crusade is based were determined to be phony — you can bet that story would be all over local and national news, spread by Fox and the rightwing propaganda machine.

      So why aren’t we all writing letters to our local papers and to our VA representatives in the General Assembly and Congress?

    • IBelieveInHenryHowell

      He can’t investigate this because the Koch brothers won’t allow it! This GMU professor and the congressman who asked for the study are bought and paid for by the Koch brothers.

      “As reporter Kris Hundley notes, Koch virtually owns much of George Mason University, another public university, through grants and direct control over think tanks within the school. For instance, Koch controls the Mercatus Center of George Mason University, an institute that set much of the Bush administration’s environmental deregulation policy. And similar conditional agreements have been made with schools like Clemson and West Virginia University.” Daily Kos (May 13, 2011)


      So poor Cooch can’t go against his master on this one.

    • John Mashey

      Here’s a Cuccinelli/Russell CID:


      A big chunk of this is based on material from the Wegman Report.

      Go to the page labeled 18.

      Towards the bottom, the CID is talking about peer review issues in climate science, with Mike Mann, etc … and the material in the Wegman Report on that is the same material as in this CSDA article that just got retracted … i..e, plagiarism = academic fraud…

      of course, the work itself was, apart from plagiarism, wrong, as seen by an expert that Wegman says is an expert:


      So, the CID is based, in part, on fraud and poor work.

      [Don’t worry, that’s just one chunk of many.]

      And meanwhile, GMU continues to stonewall, as nothing seems to have changed since January:


    • Treeshark

      If you want to read Michael Mann’s emails you only need to go here   http://www.climate-gate.org/se