Nothing to Gain! Hansengate takes off.
Posted by Jeff Condon on June 22, 2011
We are constantly told that climate scientists gain nothing for their work. There are no incentives, yet often we find that is not the case.
A quote from Chris Colose, budding cliatoknowledgist left at Bart Verheggens blog alleging again that I am some kind of conpiracy theorist for even suggesting such a thing as a payoff might exist – silly me:
There are certain people who equate the most conspiracy theories with the most eloquent and factual, but it is certainly not reasonable people with exposure to the goings-on in the physical science community. In fact very few scientists in climate have anything to benefit from economic suggestions or climate change action. We’d have most to gain by just saying everything was uncertain so we can get more funding from NSF.
This is just an accusation, but the godfather of the extremist claims and winner of the Air Vent’s most extreme quote of 2009 contest James Hansen potentially made just a tiny little profit for his work. I know it will surprise you if it turns out to be true but this 1.2 million is outside of his otherwise paltry salary of $180,000, pension plan and expenses received for various projects.
It should be no surprise that the propagandists at Fox News are again the only major media group to cover this obvious non-story at this point.
The NASA scientist who once claimed the Bush administration tried to “silence” his global warming claims is now accused of receiving more than $1.2 million from the very environmental organizations whose agenda he advocated.
In a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Washington, D.C., a group claims NASA is withholding documents that show James Hansen failed to comply with ethics rules and financial disclosures regarding substantial compensation he earned outside his $180,000 taxpayer-paid position as director of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies.
Don’t worry folks, there is no money for the individuals in climate science.
The suit alleges:
– A shared $1 million prize from the Dan David Foundation for his “profound contribution to humanity.” Hansen’s cut ranged from $333,000 to $500,000, Horner said, adding that the precise amount is not known because Hansen’s publicly available financial disclosure form only shows the prize was “an amount in excess of $5,000.”
– The 2010 Blue Planet prize worth $550,000 from the Asahi Glass Foundation, which recognizes efforts to solve environmental issues.
– The Sophie Prize for his “political activism,” worth $100,000. The Sophie Prize is meant to “inspire people working towards a sustainable future.”
– Speaking fees totaling $48,164 from a range of mostly environmental organizations.
– A $15,000 participation fee, waived by the W.J. Clinton Foundation for its 2009 Waterkeeper Conference.
– $720,000 in legal advice and media consulting services provided by The George Soros Open Society Institute. Hansen said he did not take “direct” support from Soros but accepted “pro bono legal advice.”
Let’s not forget this tiny half million Mann got for ‘economic stimulus’. Peanuts for the most brilliant, I know, but to the rest of us lesser folks a few hundred thousand here or there wouldn’t hurt our day much.