Shukla's Scam and Folly

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Bishop Hill notes:

Remember Jagadish Shukla, the American professor who called for racketeering laws to be used against sceptics? There was considerable interest when it was revealed that Prof Shukla appeared to be working full time for a charity he ran, as well as taking his university salary. This “double dipping” seems to have been brought to the attention of US lawmakers, who have asked auditors to investigate. It’s not looking good for Prof Shukla:

According to [House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith]’s letter, the audit “appears to reveal that Dr. Shukla engaged in what is referred to as ‘double dipping.’ In other words, he received his full salary at GMU, while working full time at IGES and receiving a full salary there.”

Mr. Smith cites a memo from the school’s internal auditor in claiming that Mr. Shukla appeared to violate the university’s policy on outside employment and paid consulting. The professor received $511,410 in combined compensation from the school and IGES in 2014, according to Mr. Smith, “without ever receiving the appropriate permission from GMU officials.”

Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.

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Dodgy Geezer
March 2, 2016 5:19 pm

What’s the problem? After Peter Gleick I’m no longer fazed by any criminal activity on the part of the warmists. They have the academic and political establishment on their side, so they can do no wrong. Or, more accurately, they can do any wrong they like, and they won’t get punished.
I’m just wondering how Shukla will be let off the hook. Perhaps, like Father Ted, the money will be found to be ‘just resting temporarily in his account’…

george e. smith
Reply to  Dodgy Geezer
March 2, 2016 5:55 pm

Izzat a typo up above ??
I thought the name of the show was Kukla, Fran and Ollie .
Never watched it though so I could be speling it rong.

Reply to  george e. smith
March 3, 2016 9:02 am

Kukla was the sock puppet clown, so in a way it was prescient.

Steve Fraser
March 2, 2016 5:24 pm

Where’s a sock puppet sheep when you need one?

Mickey Reno
Reply to  Steve Fraser
March 2, 2016 7:02 pm

I bet DeSmog blog is all over this story.

March 2, 2016 5:36 pm

Just a perfect day …but you’re gonna reap what you sow…

Reply to  chilemike
March 3, 2016 6:30 am

There are many forms of “Double Dipping” the biggest “Double Dip”in American history is tacking place right now.
I am sure that when the Constitution was written there would have been a “Double Dipping” clause, but those wise old men never thought that the American public would be so stupid as to even think about electing the wife of a former President, I seem to think that it is written somewhere that a President can only run for 2 TWO terms in office,?

March 2, 2016 5:43 pm

As far as RICO prosecutions, it evidently takes a racketeer to pretend to recognise one 🙂

March 2, 2016 5:45 pm

I remember seeing Jagdish, who went to Faber College in the 60;s at about 1:06 in this clip:

He must have gone on too even greater higher education after Faber…

Reply to  J. Philip Peterson
March 2, 2016 5:48 pm


Reply to  J. Philip Peterson
March 3, 2016 9:03 am

Beat me too it.

Greg Cavanagh
Reply to  J. Philip Peterson
March 3, 2016 1:30 pm

I thought that was Obama in the centre, but ok.

Gil Dewart
March 2, 2016 5:51 pm

Ah, the old “stop thief!” syndrome that we see so often with those who brandish the “d-word”.

March 2, 2016 6:00 pm

It would be so sweet for charlatans to receive their punishment in real time.

March 2, 2016 6:10 pm

The irony here is over the top,” Marlo Lewis Jr., a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute who writes on global warming and energy policy, among other issues.
“First, Shukla appears to have made millions from taxpayers through funding improprieties,” Lewis said. “But Shukla also led the call for a RICO investigation of organizations challenging climate orthodoxy—a campaign which his co-ringleader at GMU admits aims to impose financial penalties on political opponents while yielding payouts to further underwrite the climate alarm movement.” link


March 2, 2016 6:11 pm

The government should redirect his grant money to Anthony.

Reply to  Thomas
March 4, 2016 4:59 am

Never. This site must remain independent.

March 2, 2016 6:15 pm

But he is a Climateer and a liberal, so it is allowed.

Reply to  Pat Ch
March 3, 2016 12:32 pm

Required, I think.

March 2, 2016 6:57 pm

The investigators will find nothing because surely the data, ie., his accounts, will be ‘homogenised’ and adjusted to hide the truth (and hence, the “decline” in propriety, morality, honesty… you name it). Once ‘homogenised’ his accounts will appear to the untrained eye to be pristine. I’m sure there’s a hockey stick in there somewhere… Shukla’s income plotted against time should do it.

Nigel S
Reply to  KiwiHeretic
March 2, 2016 10:59 pm

A job that calls for Lord Stern’s mathematical prowess.
Shukla Shukla Shukla sounds like a train coming down the track!

Reply to  Nigel S
March 3, 2016 4:37 am

Keep looking, there’s gotta be Shuklat Factory in there somewhere.

Reed Coray
Reply to  Nigel S
March 3, 2016 6:51 am

“…off the track.”

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  Nigel S
March 3, 2016 7:58 pm

I’m thinking a Crazy Train.

March 2, 2016 7:12 pm

“In today’s post, I’ll make an attempt to follow the money.”
Shukla’s Gold

Reply to  clipe
March 3, 2016 5:07 am

It’s not what you know, but who !
Dig deeper !!!!

March 2, 2016 7:15 pm

As one who grew up with “Kukla, Fran, and Ollie” on the old black-and-white tube, I appreciate the play on words, Anthony. Made me smile

Reply to  Anthony Watts
March 3, 2016 4:35 am

Chuckling, Pan and Jolly.

Gary Pearse
March 2, 2016 7:25 pm

The crime is actually much more serious than just double dipping. He diverted funds to a different charity of his in India; he hired his wife and daughter as management consultants for his climateering work and paid them hefty salaries for doing nothing. He received over $6million from the same guy at NSF (NASA?) and has none or meagre results of studies that were to be done. I think his NSF handler should also be given a financial proctology and his paper work and progress reports on the flow of the cash for these supposed projects. Show us the 6 million worth and who received what. The double dipping is probably a wrist slap punishment and repayment exercise – the the 6million doesn’t get investigated.

Chip Javert
Reply to  Gary Pearse
March 2, 2016 10:00 pm

So if his wife and daughter (why not his dog, too?) actually did “nothing”, from my (skeptic) perspective, that’s actually better than doing “something” if you’re a warmer.
Ok, that’s about as much lipstick as I can put on this pig.

Reply to  Chip Javert
March 3, 2016 4:38 am

Ruh roh.

Reply to  Gary Pearse
March 3, 2016 7:36 am

Not a wrist slap. A Penn State prof did something very similar with an single NIH grant. Was charged with criminal wire fraud and sentanced to 41 months in federal prison plus restitution of $640k. If McIntyre’s audit is correct, Shukla and hismwife illegally pocketed over $6 million since 2001. Also, Shukla filed false outside interest disclosures to Virginia (as prof at GMU he is a state employee), which is a state criminal offense.

Bob Denby
March 2, 2016 9:04 pm

The Wall Street Journal commented on this today — needs further distribution.

Chip Javert
Reply to  Bob Denby
March 2, 2016 10:03 pm
Chip Javert
March 2, 2016 9:51 pm

This petty crook Shula (actually, not so petty) is the very definition of a self-licking ice cream cone.
Not to mention an ethics-free zone.

Chip Javert
Reply to  Chip Javert
March 2, 2016 9:52 pm


George Lawson
Reply to  Chip Javert
March 3, 2016 1:14 am

This is good news about a cheating GW advocate. However, Shukla is unlikely to be alone in the world of make believe global warming where big money and greed leave principles behind. I think all sceptics (and genuine warmists) particukarly in the US, should now work on routing out those who might be seen as using GW funds illegaly thus providing them with the means to shout louder against a rational sceptic viewpoint, whilst at the same time providing them with a lifestyle above their status in life, especially if they are associated with any charity that has been specifically created to support the GW dogma.

Reply to  Chip Javert
March 3, 2016 9:49 am

They all pale in comparison to the Clinton Foundation. If you want to see the professionals in action, you have to start there.

March 3, 2016 12:18 am

Let he has not sinned cast the first stone.
Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones.
Maybe in Indian culture they do not have equivalent expressions. Graft is the norm there, but at least an intelligent person would not start throwing mud.

gary turner
Reply to  Mike
March 3, 2016 12:53 am

Not to mention that those who live in grass houses should not store thrones. (A very old joke, for those who are not all that old.)

Reply to  gary turner
March 3, 2016 4:45 am

I’m sure you know about the boyfoot bear with teaks of Chan. Well, Shukla’s barefaced toy with leaks of mann.

Reply to  gary turner
March 3, 2016 8:37 am

“People who live in grass houses should not stow thrones.”

March 3, 2016 12:26 am

Willis, you may find this interesting:
CO2 in the Arctic seems to be closely related to ice cover but flattens off once the ice freezes over in the winter. Probably tells us something about the importance of the Arctic waters as CO2 sink.

Reply to  Mike
March 3, 2016 12:28 am

oops, wrong thread.

Reply to  Mike
March 3, 2016 12:39 am

All he has to do is create a model of his salary , pass it onto NASA then get it sent to our BOM then resend back .
All completely legit and I’m sure the sums add up with at least 37 percent confidence .

Reply to  Mike
March 3, 2016 4:42 am

Yeah, and I been thinkin’ it’s the coccoliths.

March 3, 2016 3:09 am

The correct phrase is “Couldn’t happen to a more deserving guy.”

Reply to  Hivemind
March 3, 2016 4:43 am

He couldn’t see it coming? My, what a clear conscience he must have; a model for his fellows.

Greg Cavanagh
Reply to  kim
March 3, 2016 1:41 pm

The interesting thing is; not only did calling for a RICO make perfect sense to him and the other 11 signatories, but that he was double dipping, holding two full time jobs and sub-contracting both his wife’s and his daughter’s family business with nary a whiff of self awareness that this might be considered wrong.
They are truly lost people who should not be anywhere near power, money or children.

Reply to  kim
March 4, 2016 5:01 am

His mis-direction backfired.
Someone looked behind the curtain

March 3, 2016 3:40 am

well hes just following the glowing example set by so many medicos and uni bods who takes as much if not more than salary from the pharmas…seems its pretty endemic in american universities and ‘teaching” hospitals.
not really the sort of teaching/example Id want my kids picking up as acceptable behaviour

March 3, 2016 3:53 am

I do wish articles would not rely upon links which are behind a paywall as the WSJ articles are. This outlet is of no interest to me in the UK and as such I would never be a subscriber. I should not be presumed able to read any story of theirs that was linked to from here.

Reply to  zootcadillac
March 3, 2016 3:55 am

Edit:// my apologies to our host. The wsj link appears in the article at Bishop Hill. I misunderstood what was copied over from there.

Reply to  zootcadillac
March 3, 2016 4:41 am

There’s supposed to be an easy workaround, but it never works for me.

Reply to  zootcadillac
March 3, 2016 7:40 am

WSJ is referring to Rep. Smith’s letter summarizing the results of his committees investigations (which confirm McIntyre’s) and referring the matter tomthe NSF IG for legal follow up (prosecution). Google will take you to several sites where the letter is reproduced or linked in full.

Reply to  ristvan
March 3, 2016 7:46 pm

My thanks ristvan

March 3, 2016 3:55 am

“So Haman was hanged on the gallows that he had built for Mordecai. Then the king’s anger cooled down.”
Esther 7:10

Reply to  LarryFine
March 3, 2016 4:40 am

Toff the tosh.

Reply to  kim
March 3, 2016 4:53 am

er, ‘Doff the tosh’.

March 3, 2016 6:34 am

Climate con man is becoming all too common

bob alou
March 3, 2016 7:46 am

“Temarc! The river Temarc in winter!”
“…and Jalad at Tanagra. Uzani, his army. Shukla, when the walls fell.”

Reply to  bob alou
March 3, 2016 9:42 am

Too true. Slain is the beast at Tanagra.

March 3, 2016 7:46 am

Famous last words: “CO2 made me do it”

March 3, 2016 8:10 am

Well, as Richard Nixon learned, you really should’t try to “get” people who have more on you than you do on them…

March 3, 2016 9:07 am

Many, many years ago…1957 to be exact…George Mason was a pretty good school. Even had a law school for those who could not get into Georgetown, GW or American. How is it ranked today?

Chip Javert
Reply to  JimB
March 3, 2016 5:05 pm

According to US News & World Report (and Google):
Georgetown #14
George Mason #42
I also Googled “how many US law schools”: answer is 205 ABA-approved schools

Ian Magness
March 3, 2016 9:48 am

But it’s OK, he will shortly be able to join his old buddy Pachauri in jail! They can talk all day about how they saved the world – I’m sure all the other inmates will be enthralled.

James Fosser
March 3, 2016 12:35 pm

What a racket!

March 3, 2016 1:13 pm

If he gets out of this investigation he deserves a spot in the Hillary team like maybe WH science adviser or EPA director. He may have what it takes, at least from the key Teflon test used by dear leaders.

March 4, 2016 8:24 am

Now stop and have a think about this. Here we have a staunch supporter of the AGW meme schlepping money from the warmistas into his back pocket. All of this money was already thrown away anyway…………”studies” related to a problem that doesn’t exist.
I’m sorry, but I just don’t have a problem with relieving fools of their money. Even if that money is our tax dollars. Remember, all of this money was earmarked to study a non-existent problem. This money was a “total loss” the very moment it was so earmarked.
So, from that perspective, does it really matter whose back pocket it ended up in? Had it been spent as intended, it would still have ended up in the back pockets of many other scam artists. So, does it really matter all that much if it ended up in one scam artist’s back pocket or many?

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