Sunday, October 10, 2010
Brief bits: Military fuel and Skepticgate
The photo, of oil tankers that have been set on fire, accompanies a fascinating NYTimes article U.S. Military Orders Less Dependence on Fossil Fuels which a) describes a wide variety of logistic and tactical problems faced by the military as a result of their dependence on fossil fuel and b) documents policy changes designed to reduce that dependence.
It seems that Climategate has met its karmic match: Skepticgate. USA Today is reporting officials at George Mason University have confirmed they are investigating plagiarism and misconduct charges made against noted climate science critic Edward Wegman. Wegman is best known in skeptic circles for an influential report critiquing the "hockey stick" graph. Further details are available on the Deep Climate blog, which documented that Wegman's arguments involved passages "lifted nearly verbatim from Bradley’s Paleoclimatology: Reconstructing Climates of the Quaternary, and then edited in a manner that introduced distortions and errors." As noted in the letter reproduced below, the parallels between Wegman's report and Bradley's book were sufficient that Bradley asked the administration at George Mason to investigate.