NASA’s Hansen asked to account for outside activities

Gavin Schmidt’s time spent on editing realclimate.org during working hours apparently was the trigger for a broader investigation.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Contacts: Christopher Horner, chris.horner@atinstitute.org  Paul Chesser, paul.chesser@atinstitute.org

ATI Law Center Asks Court to Force NASA to Produce Ethics-Related, Outside Employment Records of Dr. James Hansen

The American Tradition Institute’s Environmental Law Center today filed a lawsuit in federal district court in the District of Columbia to force the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to release ethics records for taxpayer-funded global warming activist Dr. James Hansen, specifically records that pertain to his outside employment, revenue generation, and advocacy activities.

ATI seeks to learn whether NASA approved Hansen’s outside employment, which public financial disclosures and other documents reveal to have brought him at least $1.2 million in the past four years. This money comes on top of and, more troubling from an ethics and legal perspective, is all “related to” and sometimes even expressly for his taxpayer-funded employment, all of which outside employment commenced when Hansen stepped up his “global warming” activism from his perch at NASA.

On January 19, ATI filed a Freedom of Information Act request (PDF) with NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), which sought records detailing NASA’s and Hansen’s compliance with applicable federal ethics and financial disclosure laws and regulations and with NASA Rules of Behavior. Thus far the agency has denied ATI’s request for Hansen’s Form 17-60 “Application for permission for outside employment and other activity”, and internal discussions about same.

Arguing that release would constitute a “clearly unwarranted violation of Hansen’s privacy rights” NASA claims that ATI’s pages of explanation failed to establish that the one-page applications — if they exist, which ATI has reason to doubt — would“contribute to the public’s understanding of the activities of the Government, or how it would shed light on NASA’s performance of its statutory duties.”

This despite that whether NASA complies with ethics laws is patently of public interest, and that Hansen’s position requires him to file vastly more detailed Public Financial Disclosure filings, or Form SF 278, which are made available to the public on request. Both are for the simple reason that a senior employee’s outside revenue-generating activities are inherently in the public’s interest according to the Ethics in Government Act of 1978.

Dr. Hansen engages in high-profile public advocacy with regard to global warming and energy policy, directly trading on his platform as a NASA astronomer to gain interest and attention. This outside employment and other activities relating to his work have included consulting, highly compensated speeches, six-figure “prizes”, a commercial book, advising Al Gore on his movie “An Inconvenient Truth” and, lately, advising litigants on suing states and the federal government.

Since escalating the “provocative” (in Hansen’s word) nature of his advocacy in a 2006 “60 Minutes interview”, these outside activities have become extraordinarily lucrative — yielding on average more than a quarter of a million dollars per year in extra income between 2007 and 2010 from outside sources, all relating to the work he is paid by the taxpayer to perform for NASA.

ATI’s director of litigation Christopher Horner says, “Under federal statutes and NASA rules, employees may not privately benefit from public office; outside income must be disclosed, certain activities avoided, andpermission must be applied for before engaging in permissible outside employment or activities. ATI’s Request seeks official documents which — if they in fact exist — would inform the public about NASA’s and Hansen’s adherence to all such rules which compliance, given records already obtained and the public record, is in doubt.”

Dr. Hansen has admitted that lucrative offers of “prizes” and “awards” for his public service began flowing after that “60 Minutes” interview, in which he accused the Bush Administration of “censoring” his global warming views. Records show a sudden spike in highly compensated speeches on the subject of his work, as well.

NASA has already provided Form 17-60 documents for Dr. Hansen’s subordinate Gavin Schmidt to the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI). Schmidt writes for and edits the climate alarmism blog RealClimate.org, during normal business hours. That Hansen and NASA had not required Schmidt to file Form 17-60 seeking permission for these activities, until NASA was asked about this matter, triggered ATI’s inquiry into whether Hansen, too, was avoiding this requirement. Other records obtained by CEI and posted on ATI’s Web site indicate that Dr. Hansen has also used NASA staff for his own commercial activities.

The President and the Attorney General have made clear their commitment to transparency and a high standard of ethical behavior by government employees. NASA needs to clear the air by releasing the documents about Dr. Hansen and about whether he had permission to wear his government hat when engaging in a lucrative effort to sway government policy, said Dr. David Schnare, Director of the ATI Environmental Law Center.

See ATI Environmental Law Center’s Complaint and Prayer for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief in federal court in its Freedom of Information Act case against NASA (PDF).

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92 Responses to NASA’s Hansen asked to account for outside activities

  1. BigFire says:

    This is more serious than a bunch of Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries member editing Gundam Wiki page 260 times (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ministry_of_Agriculture,_Forestry_and_Fisheries_%28Japan%29#Gundam_Controversy) . This has billions of dollars in question.

  2. Jeff Carlson says:

    come on … it takes time to forge and back date all of those documents …

  3. Henry chance says:

    I asked this question 2 years ago. They have too much time on their hands and don’t stay on task.
    Schmidt was blogging all day and didn’t have time to answer FOIA requests he claimed.

  4. John W. Garrett says:

    These individuals long ago abandoned science careers to pursue careers in sales. It’s high time they were dismissed from the government payroll.

  5. Gaylon says:

    Gee, I don’t get it, Hansen? Really? And Gavin!? NO, say it idn’t so!!!!!! Those bastions of the scientific method!? Those stalwfart protectors of the planet!!??

    (sarc/off)

    PS: GO GET’M GUYS!

  6. Gaylon says:

    Oooops Freudian slip there, should be ‘stalwart’, has a nice ring to it though. I’ll leave it to the mods, if you guys want to correct please do. Or maybe, ‘stallfart’ is better? ;0)

  7. Mark Nutley says:

    Will this lead to him being fired? We can only hope so :)

  8. Just one comment…

    :-)

  9. Thomas Trevor says:

    Lets hope the judge is logical.

  10. P.F. says:

    This could be huge.
    I guess Hansen saw how Gore was working the movement to enhance his riches and fame, and Hansen wanted to do likewise.

  11. Olavi says:

    I’ts about the time to put him retired. He is 70 and senile.

  12. Ric Werme says:

    NASA needs to clear the air by releasing the documents about Dr. Hansen and about whether he had permission to wear his government hat when engaging in a lucrative effort to sway government policy,

    I heard Hansen speak at American Mensa’s Annual Colloquium a couple years ago (he left early to catch a plane to get out of Atlanta before a snowstorm. He had to get to DC for that Capitol power plant protest). He made it quite clear that he was speaking on his own and not for NASA. It was also quite clear he wouldn’t have been invited were he not with GISS.

    My employers, all in the private space, take a very dim view of employees moonlighting for companies that are or could be customers, in large part for the confusion that people may have over exactly who we represent.

  13. “when engaging in a lucrative effort to sway government policy”

    That about says it all.

  14. Dave Springer says:

    About time.

  15. henrythethird says:

    It might be worse than we thought…

    Haven’t read through the entire PDF, but, being a Gov’t employee, not only will tany “request for off-duty job” be required, but if he’s going to that job, or staying in a hotel while at that “extra” job, he shouldn’t be using the Govt travel office, Govt transportation, or getting Govt room rates.

    And along with that, there should be “leave requests” for any time he’s away from his “day job”. He can’t draw pay as both a NASA scientist and a climate activist, too.

    If he’s being allowed to use Govt services while on this “non-govt” job, then there’s even more of a conflict. He can’t call himself an “activist”, and expect the Govt to back his action, IMHO. Check those “Rules of Behavior” more closely.

    Also, a couple of times that Hansen was protesting, he was arrersted for tresspassing (and one time while protesting the President’s policies). See how THAT is handled by the “rules of behavior”, too.

  16. Richard G says:

    It’s about time.

  17. CRS, Dr.P.H. says:

    I post on RealClimate and direct my questions directly to Gavin, in the hopes that he cannot resist answering while he’s at work. Maybe that strategy will bear fruit! Haw haw haw!

  18. Jeff Mitchell says:

    “The President and the Attorney General have made clear their commitment to transparency and a high standard of ethical behavior by government employees.” That is total BS. It is just polite posturing. The commitment to transparency and high standard ethics is very absent in this administration. The New Black Panther case and the current Gunwalker scandal are two examples where the administration has attempted to stymie the news and block information that is relevant to the public.

  19. Scott B says:

    I will be shocked if Hansen doesn’t have investments in various renewable energy companies, which to me creates a clear conflict-of-interest with his job as climate alarmist-at-large. Coal death trains…indeed.

  20. Anton says:

    This article needs editing. I found some of the paragraphs very hard to follow, and had to imagine where words could be rearranged or punctuation inserted to make some sentences comprehensible.

    For instance, this sentence:

    “This money comes on top of and, more troubling from an ethics and legal perspective, is all “related to” and sometimes even expressly for his taxpayer-funded employment, all of which outside employment commenced when Hansen stepped up his “global warming” activism from his perch at NASA.”

    I don’t mean to be a language Nazi, but what???

  21. pat says:

    This will anger The Weather Clown. Watch out.

  22. I am reminded that power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Beyond that observation, however, it must, for scientists, be all about the science — that is, it is Hansen’s scientific incompetence that is at fault, not his willingness to embrace all that fame, awards and speaking fees. He simply is not worthy of his position of “climate science expert”, and he should be stripped of it, as should everyone who has insisted, and continues to insist, that there is a “greenhouse effect” as promulgated by Hansen et al., despite my clear presentation of the definitive evidence that simply disproves it. There has been plenty of time for that presentation to have been brought to the attention of everyone in climate science, and for science to have repudiated the greenhouse effect once and for all.

  23. klem says:

    So its a money thing.

  24. ZT says:

    Wow – pays well – scaring people. No doubt he was only thinking of the children during the pocketing of the largesse.

  25. Coach Springer says:

    No one asked before? I guess it was so obvious that he wasn’t interested in objective science that they figured the question was moot. Past time for this publicity. Just make it accurate.

  26. gator69 says:

    My brother has a high profile job with NASA and would never be able to get away with this sort of behaviour. Why this nonsense from Hansen et al has been tolerated for years is beyond me.

    If the Catholic Church can be compelled to release documents by US courts, how does NASA escape?

  27. Jack Greer says:

    “The American Tradition Institute” … “grassroots” … Chris Horner …. harassment comedy doesn’t get any better than that. Nice post, Anthony.

  28. Hu McCulloch says:

    Circa 2000, Hansen won the Heinz Award, which as I recall was $250,000. His hands are literally red with ketchup money! See http://www.heinzawards.net/recipients/james-hansen .

    Prizes awarded for previous work, eg Nobel prizes, would ordinarily not be considered “outside employment.” But what if the Energy Secretary, say, were to win a $1 million “prize” from an oil company for creative licensing?

  29. James Sexton says:

    Interesting, will it go anywhere? Prob not. But, at least they truth may come out and the public can make up their own mind about whether it is important for our NASA scientists to be unbiased or uninfluenced by biased entities.

  30. ChE says:

    The President and the Attorney General have made clear their commitment to transparency and a high standard of ethical behavior by government employees.

    Shirley, you jest.

  31. Wil says:

    Hansen answer to the US taxpayer? Not a chance in ——- (well you fill in the blank). Hansen is Obama’s most important employee for his “Green” strategy. For Obama’s revamping of the American way of life in an 80% renewable America which aught to be fun in and of itself. However, in a real democracy like Canada Ministers have to answer actual questions about all their departments and keep answering those question either until the Minister resigns or that employee taking advantage of the taxpayer is fired or his boss is fired. Nothing in between.

    Besides we have a conservative government in Canada who withdrew us from Kyoto and all that nonsense. Wonder how that hope and change fluff is working out for our neighbors south of the border these days?

  32. EternalOptimist says:

    What the ?

    What is Nasa all about ? as a Brit, I thought it was all about 1969, Niel Armstrong and a small step. Then Mars

    not about fiddling for money , trespassing and accusing fellow citizens of running death trains

    shame on Nasa

  33. exNOAAman says:

    My first reaction: “ATI….who are they, and how do I join/make a donation?”
    Of course, we’ve seen them around; but they appear to be more and more worthy.

  34. Olen says:

    Hansen’s advocacy is making him wealthy while policies resulting from his work would put the general population in the poor house. This is what happens when politics directs science.

  35. Latimer Alder says:

    <a href="@klem

    So its a money thing.

    Always follow the money. It’s the bit that leaves the trail. And because it’s the means of exchange between goods of different characteristics, there is nearly always money involved.

    Remember that Al Capone was eventually nicked for tax evasion, not for mobsterring.

  36. higley7 says:

    “The President and the Attorney General have made clear their commitment to transparency and a high standard of ethical behavior by government employees. ”

    It has not happened yet. Why would it start now?

  37. KR says:

    So – the same American Tradition Institute that filed suit against Colorado over their Renewable Energy Standard mandate, against the University of Virginia and Mann over emails, has now filed lawsuits against Hansen?

    This is the same ATI that is a 501(c)3 organization with connections (shared staff, the Chris Horner mentioned above) to the Exxon funded Competitive Enterprise Institute, and with undisclosed funding?

    I’m afraid this strikes me as politically and economically motivated harassment by lawyer – nothing more.

  38. peter_dtm says:

    mm – I work in the UK for an American Company.

    If I was arrested for such activity AND my name linked to that of my employer’s I would be fired for sure.

    As we see in the UK – one rule for the people who pay taxes
    and one rule for those paid by taxes.

  39. John T says:

    Hu McCulloch says:
    June 21, 2011 at 11:18 am

    “Circa 2000, Hansen won the Heinz Award, which as I recall was $250,000. His hands are literally red with ketchup money! ”

    And that’s about the time he seemed to really get interested in politics & climate change and supporting John Kerry (married to Teresa Heinz Kerry) in opposition to George Bush…

  40. Smokey says:

    KR,

    Don’t be such a hypocrite. Enviro groups are always in court. The difference is they use our tax money to fund their incessant lawsuits.

  41. OK S. says:

    I can only speak from my own knowledge as a Civil Servant for several years employed by the Department of Defense:

    The organization’s commander (in my case, a Brigadier General) had to approve all outside employment to make sure it didn’t impact official duties.

    Employees could only accept gifts of nominal value from entities doing business with the government (usually defined as less than $5.00 or $10.00 at various times). And that included meals, entertainment, etc.

    All awards received while representing the agency (frequent flyer miles, etc.) belonged to the employing agency and could not be converted to personal use.

    Per the Hatch Act, no employee could participate in political activity while on the clock, or participate off-duty as an employee without the commander’s approval (The agency’s Public Affairs Officer, for instance, but only as a spokesman for the commander).

    Perhaps NASA has different rules, or things have changed. Or maybe Mr. Hansen is his own commanding official (but all government employed officials, even the elected, have bosses, except maybe Supreme Court Justices).

    OK S.

  42. afraid4me says:

    It won’t happen. He’s working for the most secretive President and administration this country has ever seen. He spoke out against Bush and supported Kerry, that’ll keep him in high cotton until 2012.

  43. H.R. says:

    I’m a US taxpayer and I’d like to have assurance that the employees whose salary I help pay are abiding by the rules.

    Governments since time immemorial have had rapscallions in their midst. The only check on them is full disclosure.

  44. Wade says:

    Hu McCulloch says:
    June 21, 2011 at 11:18 am

    Circa 2000, Hansen won the Heinz Award, which as I recall was $250,000. His hands are literally red with ketchup money! See http://www.heinzawards.net/recipients/james-hansen .

    It must be a coincidence James Hansen said publicly that the Bush administration was trying to “silence” him, while George W. Bush was running for re-election against John Kerry, husband of Teresa Heniz-Kerry, the ketchup heiress.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/bush-tried-to-gag-environment-expert-525159.html
    http://www.dailytech.com/US+Climate+Expert+Claims+NASA+Tried+To+Silence+Him/article510.htm

  45. aeroguy48 says:

    Defund! Defund!! NASA EPA et al…

  46. KR says:

    Smokey“Enviro groups are always in court. The difference is they use our tax money to fund their incessant lawsuits.”

    Could you point out the tax funded environmental groups? Outside of the EPA (in the US), which is a government agency with a mandate to protect the environment?

    The ATI looks like a business driven legal harassment group to me. I have to note that I don’t know of any environmental groups driven by large company monied interests.

  47. Jimbo says:

    At long last!

    “clearly unwarranted violation of Hansen’s privacy rights”

    No privacy of employment during publicly funded hours in my book.

    “………..advising Al Gore on his movie “An Inconvenient Truth” “

    A court later found nine scientific errors.

    “….certain activities avoided….”

    Would that include avoiding arrest multiple times?

    Follow the money. >>>>>

  48. WillR says:

    KR says:
    June 21, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    Smokey – “Enviro groups are always in court. The difference is they use our tax money to fund their incessant lawsuits.”

    Could you point out the tax funded environmental groups? Outside of the EPA (in the US), which is a government agency with a mandate to protect the environment?

    http://windconcernsontario.wordpress.com/2011/03/02/wind-concerns-ontario-launches-end-wind-welfare-campaign/

    It depends on where you look…

    Since Dalton McGuinty became Premier, his government has funnelled $3,297,900 to these and other wind-campaigners through the Trillium Foundation. (Details below)

    The stated mission of the Trillium Foundation is “Building healthy and vibrant communities throughout Ontario by strengthening the capacity of the voluntary sector, through investments in community-based initiatives.”

    “These professional, paid, and well-funded pro-wind campaigners are not volunteers, nor are they community based. They represent special interests and are parasites dependent on the government they praise and defend for the resources that enable their lobbying efforts. We want to see the government, end all funding to these organizations and for the Trillium Foundation to stick to its mission and stop funnelling millions of dollars to special interests that support the Liberal Party’s political efforts.” stated John Laforet, President of Wind Concerns Ontario, an independent, individual donor funded, grassroots coalition representing fifty-seven community groups around Ontario opposed to industrial wind development.

  49. Mark Wilson says:

    KR says:
    June 21, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    First off, a single donation many years ago hardly makes them “Exxon funded”.
    Secondly, I see you don’t even attempt to deal with the facts of the case, just dismiss it because of a tenous connection to someone you don’t like.

    Truely pathetic.

  50. BigWaveDave says:

    ZT says:
    June 21, 2011 at 11:06 am

    “Wow – pays well – scaring people. No doubt he was only thinking of the children during the pocketing of the largesse.”

    Yeah, his children.

  51. KnR says:

    To be fair with Hansen its probable not cash but ego and belief that is his main driven forces . When you read his words what comes across is the short of mania you associate with those that eagerly awaited the ‘rapture ‘ not a classic snake oil sales man that knows they’re talking rubbish.

  52. Mark Wilson says:

    Taxpayer funded environmental group.
    For a start, GreenPeace, WorldWildlifeFund.

    Secondly, how you can conclude that because this group has tenuous connections with another group that once got a donation from Exxon, that therefore the whole excercise is nothing more than corporate sponsored harassment is beyond me. Then again, I think for a living.

  53. KnR says:

    KR I suggest you look at the income of organizations like Greenpace , a lot of companies would love to make that much . Big Eco is no closer to ‘Mom and Pop’ store style set up than is Walmart .

  54. Stephen Brown says:

    He should be fired for breaking the very clear rules. If NASA doesn’t fire him then the institution fails and loses all international respect.

  55. Jimbo says:

    See the bottom of this page about Hansen.
    http://www.appinsys.com/GlobalWarming/Hansen_GlobalTemp.htm

  56. Scott B says:

    KR – The ATI looks like a business driven legal harassment group to me. I have to note that I don’t know of any environmental groups driven by large company monied interests.
    ——–

    I don’t see the difference between ATI and Greenpeace. They are organizations that represent a group of interested parties and are privately funded by those parties. ATI is “business” driven? Greenpeace is “environmentalist” driven. It’s just people pursuing their interests through these organizations. Different sides of the same coin.

    More importantly, I’m not sure that I’d call requesting access to information about a public official in the pay of the U.S. government to be “harassment.” There are strings attached to working for the government. Hansen isn’t exempt from them. How could U.S. citizens seeking out this information be a bad thing? It’s only a problem is it shows NASA isn’t following the rules, and I, as a citizen, would like to know if that’s the case.

  57. Jimbo says:

    He is like a spoit child whose parents refuse to punish. He has got away with a lot more than most public employees in the USA. He has been arrested serveral times for flagrantly breaking the law for goodness sake. How many Federal employees can get away with that?

    Isn’t he past compulsory retirement age?

  58. Steven Hill says:

    It’s all coming to an end soon, we are broke and people like Hansen caused it.

  59. Bruce Cobb says:

    KR says:
    June 21, 2011 at 12:02 pm
    I’m afraid this strikes me as politically and economically motivated harassment by lawyer – nothing more.
    No, it’s whistleblowing. But, no doubt, they will scream and cry “harassment”, a common tactic for those with something to hide.

  60. KR says:

    WillR – Thanks for the link – that Trillium Foundation certainly does look like a government funded lobbying group; that’s out of line. I don’t know of any in the US, though.

    P Walker – It is common for the winning side in lawsuits against the government (in many civil cases, in fact) to recover their attorney fees; I have no idea why groups outside the enviro’s wouldn’t have done so in the case you link to.

    As to whether or not this could be considered “harassment” – it costs time and money to defend against a lawsuit whether it’s justified or not. Since ATI is connected to the CEI, a known business lobbying group/”think tank”, this has the appearance of businesses attempting to undermine science for purposes of profit. I don’t think anyone would have filed this lawsuit otherwise, and the difference between an honest lawsuit and harassment is motivation.

  61. Greg, Spokane WA says:

    All Hansen has to do is complain about being harassed and silenced by the denier groups. The MSM will run with that and ignore anything to the contrary.

    Hansen is in an enviable position. He can’t be fired by anyone or any group that is unwilling to be slimed. So NASA will roll its eyes and pretend the issue doesn’t exist and Hansen will continue on as before, undeterred, and grinning all the way to the bank.

  62. sceptical says:

    More unsubstantiated attacks on the scientists instead of the science. Dr. Hansen’s science has been sound so he is attacked personally. When will these industry front groups stop wasting taxpayer money? Perhaps if these front groups put the same effort into understanding as they do into unsubstantiated attacks, there would not be so much misinformation present and web blogs would not feel the need to attack people personally.

  63. Matt says:

    ““60 Minutes” interview, in which he accused the Bush Administration of “censoring” his global warming views. ”

    James Hansen: World’s loudest victim of censorship.

  64. RossP says:

    Some bed time reading for KR

    http://www.bishop-hill.net/blog/2011/6/16/ideological-money-laundering.html

    Yes it about European organisations , but I’d be surprised if similar things are not happening world wide.

  65. _Jim says:

    KR says June 21, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    So – the same American Tradition Institute that filed suit against Colorado over their Renewable Energy Standard mandate, against the University of Virginia and Mann over emails, has now filed lawsuits against Hansen?

    This is the same ATI that is a 501(c)3 organization with connections (shared staff, the Chris Horner mentioned above) to the Exxon funded Competitive Enterprise Institute, and with undisclosed funding?

    I’m afraid this strikes me as politically and economically motivated harassment by lawyer – nothing more.

    You say that as if it’s a bad thing …

    And as if – the purported funding ‘links’ are correct, valid, true and substantiated.

    .

  66. I doubt Dr. Hansen will get fired or release any of the FOIA requests that have amassed on his secretary’s desk/office. These “Global Warming Scientists” are the government and they run the Environmental part of the government. Oh wait, they run everything in government and control our very lives. It is very simple to forge and back date all outside documents about Dr. Hansen and then have ATI believe the documents are real. Or, just simply pay off the officials in ATI to back off of Dr. Hansen and Mr. Gavin and have ATI look into other more “important” matters. This is the world that we live in and there needs to be a change in the people who govern Washinton DC and America. Power and positions of wealth can get you out of trouble.

  67. Roger Knights says:

    @KR:
    Harassment? The request is directed to the agency, not Hansen, and only asks to see his Form 17-60s, if they exist. No data gathering or lengthy search would be needed to provide these. Compliance would cost virtually nothing.

    Of course, the agency might be right in refusing. It depends on what legal precedent exists in other cases where such Forms have been requested.

  68. _Jim says:

    sceptical says on June 21, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    More unsubstantiated attacks on the scientists instead of the science. Dr. Hansen’s science has been sound so he is attacked personally. When will these industry front groups stop wasting taxpayer money? Perhaps if these front groups put the same effort into understanding as they do into unsubstantiated attacks, there would not be so much misinformation present and web blogs would not feel the need to attack people personally.

    So, your employer allows you (while on the taxpayer dime I might add) and a cohort (Gavin) unfettered access to the press (via a website dubiously nicked RealClimate), to wax eloquent (or even ineloquent) on ‘carbon death trains’ and the like?

    Good ‘work’ if you can find it huh … little wonder though that some of the other taxpayers might have some objection to those ‘free spirits’ acting out and demonstrating while feeding on ‘tax monies’ collected via gov’t force (try not paying your taxes!) from the public for the ‘pleasure and desires’ of team Hansen & Gavin …

    .

  69. _Jim says:

    Hmmmm …

    From: http://renegadetory.blogspot.com/2009/12/greenpeace-funding-for-dummies-or-vice.html

    Greenpeace Funding for Dummies or Vice Versa

    Ever wonder who is responsible for making Greenpeace such a lucrative organization, enabling them to fund their research shenanigans? Look no more, I also dug up a few other interesting details …

    Delving into the 2008 Greenpeace Annual Report, I looked into their financial report to see where the hell the money comes from …

    Grants to Greenpeace Fund:

    Foundation Name: Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Inc.

    Foundation Name: Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

    Foundation Name: The Trust for Mutual Understanding

    Foundation Name: Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Inc.

    Foundation Name: Reiman Charitable Foundation, Inc.

    Foundation Name: The Scherman Foundation, Inc.

    Foundation Name: The Overbrook Foundation

    Foundation Name: Columbia Foundation

    Foundation Name: The Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation

    and more …

    .

  70. rbateman says:

    It’s dead Jim, and you killed it with Bias.
    He had no business being an advocate, which is a political job. Showing up at a Power Plant, demanding it be shut down over personal beliefs in his own adjustment analysis obtained from government data that he oversaw, is advocacy. Nobody asked him to do that for NASA or NASA GISS.

  71. Frank K. says:

    KR – Remember, it’s harassment when we ask our overpaid government climate science workers to account for their lucrative activities outside of their job (and other related conflicts of interest), and its NOT harassment when the politically-motivated mainstream media force Sarah Palin to release 24,000 e-mails…

  72. agimarc says:

    Slightly off topic but related. Appears our close friends the Saudis (/sarc) have been funding the greens for years so as to block CONUS and offshore coal, oil and natural gas development. Rationale: make sure we keep buying their stuff. And Hansen et all buy right in and play along. Cheers -

    Red State: http://www.redstate.com/repair_man_jack/2011/06/20/out-to-get-their-green-piece/

    Toronto Sun: http://www.torontosun.com/2011/06/17/saudis-have-west-over-a-barrel

  73. Theo Goodwin says:

    KR says:
    June 21, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    “Could you point out the tax funded environmental groups?”

    That would be every public institution of higher learning in the US and every public secondary school in the US. The colleges and universities are the worst. Each and every one of them, including eeny-teensy community colleges have a “Diversity Dean.” Every Diversity Dean pushes Green hard.

    Then let us not forget all those government agencies such as the Agriculture Department and you name it.

    I could go on indefinitely. But this should give you a start.

  74. Raving says:

    agimarc says:
    June 21, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    Appears our close friends the Saudis (/sarc) have been funding the greens for years so as to block CONUS and offshore coal, oil and natural gas development. Rationale: make sure we keep buying their stuff. And Hansen et all buy right in and play along.

    The term is Baksheesh

    Only in this case I don’t think it’s bribery. It’s more akin to paying protection money.
    Without a doubt, it’s charitable. The greenies are too principled to be swayed in their ethics.

  75. R.S.Brown says:

    Some of the commenters here miss the point that Dr. James Hansen
    is not the one who has to answer the ATI’s FOI request
    for information. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    (NASA) and the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) are on the
    legal hook to pony up the documents that are required by existing law to
    be on file and available.

    Other than filling in and submitting a single-page Form 17-60, by law an
    annual requirement, the good Dr. Hansen hasn’t anything else to do. The
    fact that should have or he has already filed a number of these good-for-
    one-year reports in the past means the current task in not unusual or
    particularly onerous.

    Of course, Dr. Hansen’s Form 17-60 will show all the various
    and sundry sources of income he reported on his annual income tax.

    Right?

  76. Louis says:

    “…Hansen’s outside employment… have brought him at least $1.2 million in the past four years.”

    And all this time I thought he was doing these things on his own time for free because of his love for the planet.

  77. Rhoda Ramirez says:

    If Hansen is helping to litigate against the Government he is direct violation of his terms of employment. But then, he’s so much a loose cannon that it’s just one more thing that the powers that be will ignore.

  78. Let’s hope that Horner and Co. can get a judgement in a federal court against NASA. If they can, some of NASA’s research funding may be frozen until they have dealt with their obligations under the judgement

  79. John Marshall says:

    It is about time that Hansen was taken to task. I thought it was a Federal offense to do other work outside your Government job. Confiscate his ill gotten gains.

  80. John Marshall says:

    I have just seen the post on Climate depot about this which has a picture of Hansen being arrested. The arresting officer is called Green. So Hansen being arrested by a Green. Poetic Justice at its best.

  81. Sunspot says:

    Perhpas they should also ask Hansen why his temperature anomaly records as far back as 1880 have become lower and more recent anomalies higher.

  82. Mark Wilson says:

    If I remember right, the amount of money GreenPeace receives from Exxon each year dwarfs the amount of money CEI received from them in total. According to KR, this fact alone means that GreenPeace is nothing but a corporate stooge.
    As we all know, GreenPeace played a large part in writing the most recent IPCC report, going so far as to author one whole section.

    According to KR logic, this means that the IPCC report is completely discredited and should be ignored by everyone.

    Gee, that was fun.

  83. Bruce Cobb says:

    KR says:
    June 21, 2011 at 2:16 pm
    Since ATI is connected to the CEI, a known business lobbying group/”think tank”, this has the appearance of businesses attempting to undermine science for purposes of profit. I don’t think anyone would have filed this lawsuit otherwise, and the difference between an honest lawsuit and harassment is motivation.
    Maybe to you, but fine, if you want to talk about appearances, NASA GISS’s refusal to provide Hansen’s Form 17-60 appears like stonewalling. What are they trying to hide, and why?

  84. Storms left for grandchildren are happening now.
    More storms should be sowed ASAP or there will be gone, a thing of the past, like the snow …..

  85. henrythethird says:

    61.KR says:

    “…As to whether or not this could be considered “harassment” – it costs time and money to defend against a lawsuit whether it’s justified or not. Since ATI is connected to the CEI, a known business lobbying group/”think tank”, this has the appearance of businesses attempting to undermine science for purposes of profit. I don’t think anyone would have filed this lawsuit otherwise, and the difference between an honest lawsuit and harassment is motivation…”

    Wow. First, define profit. Explain why you don’t consider Hansen’s activities as “profiting” off his Govt title (NASA scientist). Without that title, nobody would talk to him, his protests wouldn’t have that much press, etc.

    Second, your statement “…this has the appearance of businesses attempting to undermine science for purposes of profit…”, if rewritten to the following “…this has the appearance of scientists attempting to undermine businesses for purposes of profit…” is closer to the truth. Trying to shut down legal businesses (even if they are coal mines or power plants) because of his BELIEFS, is also harassment.

  86. UK Marcus says:

    NASA – Never A Straight Answer

    As the civilian face of the Department of Defense since 1958, NASA has plenty of experience to call on.

  87. Martin Brumby says:

    Don’t forget that Hansen’s “hobby” activities include flying to the UK and (successfully) appearing as an “expert” witness in the defence of Greenie vandals in court:-

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2008/sep/11/activists.kingsnorthclimatecamp

    Who paid his air fare and hotel bill? Is it likely that he would have been accepted as an “expert” witness in a UK Court if he’d been working for the Joe Soap Company? No doubt both UK and US governments colluded in this behind the scenes. But who actually picked up the expenses tab? Jolly Jim Hansen or taxpayers?

    Anyone like to guess?

  88. manicbeancounter says:

    There is another, quite separate conflict of interest concerning the work of Dr Hansen that should be investigated.
    The NASA GISS temperature record has been more alarmist that HADCRUT or NOAA – and most consistent with Dr Hansen’s alarming predictions of twenty years ago.

    Have a look at the website page http://data.giss.nasa.gov/gistemp/

    On the right side bar you will see
    “Contacts
    Please address scientific inquiries about the GISTEMP analysis to Dr. James Hansen.”

  89. Ian Random says:

    I just want to say that after learning of the extra income for Mr. Hansen, that I wholeheartedly believe in global warming. Now how do I get the money?

  90. tolo4zero says:

    Why anyone listens to this unethical scientist is beyond me.
    He endorsed a book about anarchy called “Times Up!” by Keith Farnish and he admits he never read the book !

    “30 December 2008
    Keith,
    well I do not have time to read it ‐‐ but I would certainly be willing to state that your thesis is correct, something like “Keith Farnish has it right: time has practically run out, the ‘system’ is the problem, and we must force our governments to look out after our interests, rather than the interests of the fossil fuel industry.””
    http://www.columbia.edu/~jeh1/mailings/2010/20100325_Clarification.pdf

  91. Yorkshire Chris says:

    This is about time. On at least two occasions Hansen has been in the UK appearing as an expert witness to defend eco-anarchists who have attacked power plants. I also seem to recall that he has also appeared with various groups to defend ‘direct action’. I wrote to NASA asking whether he was appearing in these cases with official endorsement and at public expense. The answer I received (quote) was that his own private views are his own!!!! As a former UK Government employee I would not have been able to engage in the activities that Hansen is – it would be considered inappropriate to my role as an advisor to Government

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