Climate scientist Shukla investigation deepens

Science Agency Eyes Climate Change Professor’s Use of Millions From Taxpayers 3/23/16

The National Science Foundation’s inspector general appears poised to look into Jagadish Shukla’s management of federal grant money, much of it from the science agency itself.

The science agency has its own rules and guidelines governing grants, which would be applicable to the millions Shukla, 71, received from the agency.

“The longstanding cozy relationship between [government] grant-makers and grantees makes them blind to even the most obvious conflict of interest,” Bonner Cohen, a scholar with a free-market think tank in Washington, told The Daily Signal.

Shukla, a professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., led the charge by 20 college professors to urge a federal investigation aimed at scientific skeptics who differ with their views on climate change.

At the same time, Shukla, his wife, and his research center were awash in taxpayers’ money, according to an internal audit by the university on which The Daily Signal previously reported.

And related:
House Probe Reveals Audit Detailing Climate Change Researcher’s ‘Double Dipping’  3/3/16
h/t to A. Scott

115 thoughts on “Climate scientist Shukla investigation deepens

  1. This reminds me of when two Bureau of Indian Affairs workers were arrested as they returned from a two week vacation (with their families) to the Bahamas paid for with BIA moneys embezzled from the (American Indian) Trust funds administered by the BIA. The two embezzler’s defense: “Everyone does this; why are you singling us out?”

    • Well obviously they were singled out for embezzling AIT funds from all of those people who haven’t embezzled AIT funds.
      Seems obvious to me.

    • We were warned. Here’s a quote from Dwight D. Eisenhower’s farewell speech:

      The prospect of domination of the nation’s scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present and is gravely to be regarded.
      Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific technological elite. link

      Ike called it close enough for government work. The malaise he warned us about has truly taken hold. Shukla is one of many feeding at the public trough. He may be just the unlucky one who gets caught. I’m sure he’s not alone.
      I had read about half way into the speech when I was struck by the obvious; Obama is such a twerp. Looking at his possible successors, I feel sick and disgusted. [/rant]

      • Ol Dwight’s farewell speech hit the nail on the head repeatedly. That also the one in which he warned of a “military industrial complex” Wonder what he’d think of the 100’s of billions of dollars thrown into insane programs over at the Pentagon?

        • ” That also the one in which he warned of a “military industrial complex” ”
          And yet for years, I only knew of the “military industrial complex” part of the speech. Not a word about the “academia” part.
          Guess who controls the narrative!
          We have been told “winners write history”.
          Who wrote the history of the twentieth century? Historians from academia, I guess.

      • i asked the question elsewhere as to how america has ended up with what looks to be a choice between trump and clinton ? then i looked at the choices we have here in the uk in cameron and corbyn and decided i would not like the answer.

      • The time spent in electing a US President exceeds that spent on all other such elections world-wide combined. The same goes for the monies spent. I wonder if the result justifies either?

      • Well at least the hundreds of billions of dollars thrown into insane programs over at the Pentagon, were funds approved by the Congress; to do one of the few things they are authorized to tax us, for funds to do stuff.
        Perhaps your top ten list of insane things over at the pentagon would be instructive, since you brought the subject up.

        • “Perhaps your top ten list of insane things over at the pentagon would be instructive”
          Start with the “stealth” (radar stealth) plane programs…

      • george e. smith says: March 27, 2016 at 7:13 pm
        … top ten list of insane things over at the pentagon …

        Sergeant York and F-35 come immediately to mind. Star Wars produced some useful things but ultimately relied on technologies that were far in advance of what was then possible.
        Bomarc missile. The Patriot missile has kind of a sad record compared with Israel’s Iron Dome.
        The far sighted geniuses who think they can use their L33T MBA skillz to plan the development of new technology need to read and understand Why Greatness Cannot Be Planned.

    • It is a systemic problem when bureaucrats throw other peoples money (taxpayers) at government manufactured problems handed to government funded universities to perpetua…ahhh solve, i.e. 2 for you, 1 for me, 3 for you, 2 for me.

  2. I’d like to think something would come of this, but given the media complicity in the climate change meme, how much would anyone like to bet this issue does not see the light of day?

    • As much as you want. Once he is singled out for corruption he is out from under the umbrella. Nobody will want anything with him. That’s a mortal sin in science if investigated and real. I have seen it before. He will be thrown out of the club. They will not return his calls. And if found guilty he is out of science for good. Even if he goes to a different country to continue working he wont get his papers published in any decent journal.
      I bet he is regretting that letter that he thought was such a good idea.

    • It will further fuel others’ feelings of persecution. More time spent whining about how unfairly they are being treated is a welcome distraction from them selectively seeking evidence about how unprecedented the changes to our globe are. Surely the funding of the blogs reporting on this instance can be traced back to big oil.

  3. There is an old rule of prudence which informs us that when engaged in illegal and criminal activity, one does not draw undue attention to oneself. Instead one should strive to maintain as low a profile as possible.
    Here, the RICO 20 not only called attention to themselves, they actively sought the attention of criminal investigators and prosecutors. True, they intended to direct the investigators at people other than themselves. But federal criminal prosecutors are the last people you want paying any attention to you for any reason.
    Are the RICO 20 so arrogant so as to think they are above the law? Or has the field become so corrupt that they have a reasonable expectation of getting a pass?
    Once again, all the funding for all biology, all chemistry, all physics combined, is trivial compared to that doled out for climate research. It is truly “Easy Money”.

    • >Are the RICO 20 so arrogant so as to think they are above the law? Or has the field become so corrupt >that they have a reasonable expectation of getting a pass?

    • Reminds me of an old adage me and my buddies had when we were young and wild…”only break one law at a time”

    • I think it means he doesn’t think he is doing anything wrong. After all, he is smarter than everyone else and is really just helping the world…

    • I agree, I think he will go through the investigation with a slap on the wrist and those funding him this huge amount of money will likely get bonuses. But his grants from NSF are no more.

    • I read somewhere that an almost certain way to get your tax returns audited by the tax authorities is to inform them of someone else’s falsification of their tax returns.

    • “quand le singe veut monter au cocotier, il faut qu’il ait les fesses propres”
      When the monkey wants to climb a coconut tree, he needs to have a clean butt.

  4. Well. NSF is “administered” as an “office” of the “White House” and thereby IS above Federal and Constitutional Law by Obama’s interpretations!
    Ha ha

  5. NSF – is it the agency which granted a masculine feminist almost half a million for a feminist glaciology study? Shukla should pass with flying colors.

    • Completely different issue. If you apply for a science grant to study the effects of pixie dust on unicorn horn growth, and some government paper pusher is dumb enough to approve it, you’re fine. The average prosecutor doesn’t understand the “science” and neither does the court. But you get caught double dipping….
      Well that’s a whole different ball of wax. Now you’ve stolen money. From your government. The worst prosecutor alive knows what “stole money” means, and so does the court. This has nothing to do with science anymore.

    • I was raised in a civil service town by a civil service family. The mantra was that wise civil servants kept their mouths shut. The money quote from the Macleans article is:

      If government science becomes a political football, ministers’ demand for science advice, and the need for government scientists, will decline.

      Chairman Mao encouraged the intellectuals to criticize his government and then executed those whose opinion he didn’t like. link Any bold civil service scientist who thinks the Trudeau cub is a kitten won’t actually be shot …

  6. The National Science Foundation’s inspector general appears poised to look into Jagadish Shukla’s management of federal grant money, much of it from the science agency itself.
    The science agency has its own rules and guidelines governing grants, which would be applicable to the millions Shukla, 71, received from the agency.

    May this be the harbinger of further pursuit along these lines. I’ve been waiting on this sort of scrutiny of malfeasance related to grant funding – not just in expenditures but also in the applications submitted to obtain these monies – for almost two decades, especially since the release of the first Climategate tranche hit the ‘Net on 17 November 2009.
    Anyone with any experience in the composition and submission of research grant funding applications had to have been taught by his professors or preceptors that the knowing statement of falsehoods in those legal documents is grounds for indictment, prosecution, and conviction on the grounds of fraud.
    Thus I’ve been using the term “fraudsters” when speaking of the C.R.U. correspondents and the rest of the “consensus on the climate” with specific and purposeful intention. These guys are crooked as all hell; not just bloody liars but criminally mendacious with the manifest intention to get their hands on public monies by dint of the knowing perpetration of deceit.
    It’s the purpose of inspectors general – at whatever level of government – to investigate such criminalities and pursue them vigorously to conviction, restitution (if possible), and punishment.
    I want these “climate” quacks en brochette over a slow fire, pour encourager les autres and to the satisfaction of my Sicilian soul.

  7. My My Peter and this plus the crap about Hansen’s paper I love the smell of burning heads exploding . The last wheel is about to fall off .

    • You charge the first with the crime, to prove you’re serious.
      Next you tell the others the first one to come forward with evidence on the rest will get a lesser sentence.
      Then you stand back and watch them fight the other rats to get to your door first.

    • Another warmist Dr Suzuki when in oz recently was questioned about the money to be made from govt grants ,he replied by saying no scientist is in for the money .
      Of which they apparently make very little.

      • Dr Suzuki is very strange. He thinks he is an ageing rock star, when offered “minders” or “body guards” at an event, it was reported he asked for them all to be young women and, and what they should wear.
        The guy has a bunch of properties and doesn’t know the first thing about Climate science, on Australian TV he was questioned by an audience member, who happened to be a British scientist, and Suzuki was made a complete fool of.
        Like the Sierra Club top man, Suzuki pulled out the “97%” shield, that shield took a battering too 😀
        Suzuki is creepy and even has a property that is share owned by an oil company.

      • Here’s a good one about Suzuki you may have heard about. In a presentation he explained the (rather inaccurately named) greenhouse effect by comparing it to the inside of an automobile heating up from sunlight shining through the auto’s glass windows. So far, so good; an auto interior is a true greenhouse. But, Suzuki’s explanation was that the auto interior heated up because? … ready? … because of the CARBON in the glass windows. Got that? Carbon in glass windows heats up the car’s interior. What an extraordinary nincompoop! What an idiot! People would be better off worshiping a rock than the brain of Suzuki.

  8. The National Science Foundation’s inspector general appears poised to look into Jagadish Shukla’s management of federal grant money, much of it from the science agency itself.
    As somebody said, it could not happen to a more deserving person.

  9. We also have that guy in Australia who was pretending to send samples to the US, who authored 140 papers, many on the Great Barrier Reef, with 5000+ citations, and the guy was ripping off hundreds of thousands the story goes.
    The climate Onion is starting to peel layers off, who knows what we will find once a new US president comes in, unless it is that rotting carcass Clinton

  10. 25 Mar: HuffPo: An Open Letter From Peter Gleick: My Transition at the Pacific Institute.
    As readers of this column may already know, earlier this week the Pacific Institute and I announced an important and exciting change: on July 1st after 28 years as co-founder and President of the Institute, I will be moving to a new position as President Emeritus and Chief Scientist. A wide search for a new president has been launched.
    I’m neither resigning nor retiring. In my new role, I will continue to do research and writing on global climate, water and sustainability issues, and I will continue to speak out on science and policy issues in public forums, with the press, and on social media channels like this one at National Geographic ScienceBlogs and at Huffington Post…
    On a practical level, before I transition to my new role, the selection of a new president is currently being led by a board-appointed committee (including staff members), which has retained California Environmental Associates, a San Francisco-based executive search firm to carry out the recruitment process. Here is the job description; please share it with appropriate friends and candidates…READ ON

  11. “Shukla, a professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., led the charge by 20 college professors to urge a federal investigation aimed at scientific skeptics who differ with their views on climate change.” ~ from the essay.
    The irony of this story has amused (and amazed) me for some time now. This con-artist was stealing money from the public and committing other crimes (at least conspiracy with wife) while at the same time he wanted the federal government to put me in a cage for believing and saying what I was taught in college in the 70s about physics and thermodynamics.
    As many here know, I don’t believe that CO2 warms the surface. On net, I think CO2 cools the planet. I also think that H2O is far more important than CO2 in any event. That was supposed to make me a dangerous criminal in the eyes of Shukla. This criminal scientist wanted a replay of the USSR science catastrophe under Vladimir Lenin.
    There is one thing I do know from the history of science. The “consensus” is most often wrong and the people who come along to challenge the consensus are most often vilified and hated. However, real science does not use armed police to enforce a consensus.

    • Yes, the scientist has 140 papers published with over 5000 citations, and he was never sending his samples to the US or paying for isotopes. Much of his research was on the GBR
      So in short his papers and the citations are no longer credible

  12. The NSF has announced it has cut off further federal grant funding to Jagadish Shukla.
    The Department of Energy has just announced a federal grant to Jagadish Shukla.
    Just kidding.
    I hope.

    • That may be simply shutting down a DNS entry that goes to the real web host. If you Google |Global Environment and Society|, you’ll instantly find though that may an old home site, not the most recent one.
      Don’t forget, IGES had pretty much gone away anyway. Yeah, at the bottom of it says:

      In June 2013 it was decided to dissolve IGES after all projects were completed. As of September 2015, IGES has no staff, and all COLA scientists are now employed by George Mason University.

      2015, that site can’t be very stale.

  13. It is inevitable that criminally minded frauds like Shukla are bound to assume that everyone else is as bent as they themselves are and therefore must be on the take in some way. What apparently has failed to penetrate their weaselly little minds is that skeptics are pretty much by definition as straight as straight can be since they risk their funding and careers and knowingly submit themselves to tsunamis of personal abuse from the ‘establishment’ in order to present the science as they see it while receiving not a penny in recompense.
    Never mind, good to see this particularly unpleasant rat hanging himself.

  14. As there is a CPA Consumer Protection Agency, we need a TPA, a tax payer protection agency. These “researchers” are nothing more than looters. We need a watchdog to keep this system honest. There is way way way too comfortable relationship between the researchers and the grant givers. Spending other people’s money simply is a recipe for disaster.

  15. BTW, this guy is a classic Alynskite, “Blame Others of What You are Guilty” to throw the dogs off the scent. These are the most corrupt and despicable of people.

    • In his eagerness to throw to the gathering slavering wolves, he’s inadvertently tumbled off the back of the troika’d sleigh. Well, it’s a bit inapt, but glorious in detail.

  16. Score one for the Roger Pielke Jr,, Steve McIntryre tag team.
    There was at least one other in the RICO 20 also double-dipping through IGES.
    I assume George Mason U. will launch an investigation to clear Shukla; it looks like Peter Gleick is available to head this up.

  17. Unless the Heartland institute persue a private criminal prosecution against Gleick then Gleick will get away with it one month after the election of the next US president. No doubt Shukla is also hoping that the time allowed to bring a prosecution will also expire. May depend on whether a Democrat or a Republican is elected to the White House.

  18. They will not do this job right if they don’t also go after the NSF grants personalities, too. It’s probably legal for Shukla to prepare a grant request with loads of mistakes in it, but not legal for the NSF pals to okay it. If I were Shukla, I would argue that I may have had errors in the request, but they obviously weren’t serious enough for officials to query.

  19. I suspect we will find that Shukla and his family business will be “retiring ” soon and moving back to India
    if they haven’t already blown town .

  20. An External Audit of EPA grants to green lobby groups and activists is long over due . Interveners paid to write EPA policy and initiate lawsuits with EPA encouragement is an unethical abuse of public trust . Funds provided and received that are found to be disbursed in breach of the law and the public interest need to be recovered with interest and the parties authorizing any such funds replaced and charged.
    Theft by any other name . Recipients who have taken the money under such conditions are equally culpable .

  21. Is there a problem with George Mason University. Perhaps not because they seem to be able to detect detrimental issues (like the 3 students caught with bomb making materials) but because of lax acceptance procedures.

  22. In addition to the targeted groups on the list at IRS, we also need the do-not-target list.

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