Climate Depot Special Report
The letter by global warming scientists calling on President Obama to look into prosecuting climate skeptics has prompted international outcry. See: Debate no more! Jailed for scientific dissent?! Twenty climate scientists, including Top UN scientist, call for RICO investigation of climate skeptics in letter to Obama (Also see: Mike Shellenberger takes down the ‘The Exxon Climate Denial Myth’ – Exxon in ‘many cases advocated for climate policy!’)
The uproar over the to effort to enact racketeering charges against those who disagree with the view of dangerous man-made global warming has just added a new twist.
Dr. Roger Pielke Jr., professor of environmental studies at the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research at the University of Colorado at Boulder, has revealed the leader of the RICO 20 is a prime example of a climate profiteer.
George Mason University Professor of Climate Dynamics Jagadish Shukla, is identified by Pielke Jr. as the man who spearheaded the letter demanding RICO investigation by the Obama Administration. Shukla was also a Lead Author with the UN IPCC in 2007. In 2010, there was speculation that Shukla might become the next Chair of the UN IPCC. See: ‘WILL JAGADISH SHUKLA BECOME A NEW CHAIRMAN OF IPCC’
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Shukla, the “leader of RICO20 climate scientists runs his government grants through a ‘non-profit’,” Pielke Jr. wrote on September 20 on Tweeter.
Prof. Shukla is listed as the “President” of “Institute of Global Environment & Society, Inc.” in the 2014 990 forms.
The group “pays him and wife $500,000 per year for part-time work,” Pielke Jr. revealed. He also provided a link to Guide Star with the supporting information.
Pielke Jr. continued: “From 2012-2014, the Leader of RICO 20 climate scientists paid himself and his wife $1.5 million from government climate grants for part-time work. Shukla’s wife Anne Shukla is listed as the groups “business manager” in the IRS forms.
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“The $350,000-$400,000 per year paid leader of the RICO20 from his ‘non-profit’ was presumably on top of his $250,000 per year academic salary,” Pielke wrote. “That totals to $750,000 per year to the leader of the RICO20 from public money for climate work and going after skeptics. Good work if you can get it,” Pielke Jr. added.
Pielke Jr. concluded his research by writing: “Investigative reporters, you are welcome.”
Debate no more! Jailed for scientific dissent?! Twenty climate scientists, including Top UN scientist, call for RICO investigation of climate skeptics in letter to Obama
Warmist scientists including UN IPCC Lead Author Kevin Trenberth to Obama: ‘We appreciate that you are making aggressive and imaginative use of the limited tools available to you in the face of a recalcitrant Congress. One additional tool – recently proposed by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse – is a RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act) investigation of corporations and other organizations that have knowingly deceived the American people about the risks of climate change, as a means to forestall America’s response to climate change. We strongly endorse Senator Whitehouse’s call for a RICO investigation.’
Via Politico: ‘Twenty climate scientists called for RICO investigation in a letter to Obama and U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch. The scientists argue that the systemic efforts to prevent the public from understanding climate change resembles the investigation undertaken against tobacco. They draw inspiration from Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse who said on the Senate floor that there might be a similar conspiracy here, and a civil trial could provide the tools of discovery needed to find out.’
Professor Roger Pielke Jr. also commented via Twitter:
Pielke Jr. : ‘This week began with a NYT op-ed comparing climate skeptics to Hitler. It ends with multiple calls for skeptics to be jailed. Lost the plot?’ – ‘WTF: Need to outlaw unwelcome scientific views of “scientifically qualified, knowledgeable and influential persons” http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/sep/18/world-court-should-rule-on-climate-science-quash-sceptics-philippe-sands …
‘Int’l Court of Justice should rule on climate science to quash sceptics,prepare for trials says Prof. Philippe Sands’
Pielke lamented the fact the the establishment media has thus far failed to report on the RICO scientists own funding. “MSM on climate $ scam? Crickets,” Pielke tweeted on September 21.
On September 22, Pielke Jr. continued: “2013 http://iges.org
received $4.2M in public $ -passed thru $2.8M for research -$800k salary to 3 execs ($600k other).”“The salary of the http://iges.org
husband/wife team is set by IGES board of directors. Who is on it is not public. (Real reporters?)”“If pass thru research money to GMU has standard overhead, then only 33% of the $4.2M in public money actually goes to research.”
“So the US government is paying three people $800k to oversee $1.4M in actual research (best case scenario).”
Mike Shellenberger, the President Breakthrough Institute, a man who Time Magazine called ‘Hero of the Environment’, mocks the call for RICO prosecution of skeptics: ‘Every idealistic law school student’s dream is to one day be able to use RICO for its highest purpose: prosecuting scientists.’
“Who are the guys who are like, ‘Well, I could spend the day running experiments or… I could call for RICO prosecutions of people I hate!’
As Ben Franklin famously said, “It is the job of prosecutors & juries, not scientists, to decide what is good science.”
‘False’: Mike Shellenberger takes down the ‘The Exxon Climate Denial Myth’ – Exxon in ‘many cases advocated for climate policy!’
– Mike Shellenberger, the President Breakthrough Institute, and a man who Time Magazine called ‘Hero of the Environment’: ‘The picture painted of Exxon seeking out & funding “climate change deniers” to mislead public & prevent climate policy is false.’
‘The picture painted by @insideclimate is that Exxon was paying people to lie about climate while acknowledging it privately…In reality, Exxon funded conservative think tanks that were mostly *not* “climate deniers” — & in many cases advocate climate policy!’
But it was always obvious from looking at who Exxon funded that vanishingly few people were “climate change deniers.” A vast Exxon conspiracy to deceive public about climate turns out to be… a lukewarmish NYT ad & sunspots research.’