2. A 2006 congressional report on global warning
Raymond S. Bradley, a climatologist at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, claims that statistician Edward Wegman of George Mason University plagiarized from his textbook in a 2006 congressional report that undermined warnings of global warming. A committee investigating the allegations at George Mason University has yet to comment, and Mr. Wegman denies the plagiarism charges that were first reported by Deepclimate.org.
â€śIâ€™m not an expert on plagiarism, but itâ€™s pretty clear that the text was lifted almost word for word out of my book,â€ť said Mr. Bradley, who wants the report to be removed from the Congressional Record.
Bradley claims that the 91-page Wegman report has 35 pages of plagiarized material of which 2.5 pages were taken from his textbook â€śPaleoclimatology Reconstructing Climates of the Quaternaryâ€ť and the other borrowed material came from Wikipedia, textbooks, and articles. Wegmanâ€™s report, which had been requested by Rep. Joe Barton (R) of Texas, disputes claims made in Bradleyâ€™s textbook and by other climate experts that the past century was the warmest in 1,000 years.
â€śSo they not only lifted parts of my book, they also altered a few keywords to make it less definite,â€ť says Bradley.