Would you believe?
Posted by Jeff Id on January 6, 2010
Phil Jones was granted an average of $120,000 USD per month for 15 years.
This email may have been overlooked in the climategate context. Consider the pressure one would be under from the boss when millions of pounds are on the line. I’m just a blogger, but consider the implications of someone writing these words. This email is from Keith Briffa, as pointed out by a reader below and illustrates the pressures climate scientists have to get money.
From: Keith Briffa <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: PAGES Open Science Meeting publication
Date: Fri Sep 18 12:57:16 1998
this is simply to say tha I will get my paper to you as soon as I can. Frank knows that I am currently involved with writing a bid on behalf of the earth science community to try to extract 8 million pounds for a 5 year project from NERC to support Palaeo/Modelling validatin work. I was not allowed to say no to this request and it is involving me in a lot of meetings and associated crap. I am now redrafting the proposal. Also I must write my application to NERC for a fellowship – if this fails Sarah and I are unemployed after December as things stand. God knows there is little chance of success but the application must be in be the end of September and I have not started it yet. This is a big deal for me and I am putting you down as my primary suggested scientific referee. The PAGES paper can only be done in mid October and I really need your and Frank’s understanding on this. I had to do the Thematic bid proposal as Nick Shackleton asked me to , and I want to put him down as my primary Personal reference! In early October I have to attend a NERC Earth Science Board meeting to defend the Thematic bid; a meeting of PEP3 in Belgium;a UK CLIVAR meeting in London; an EC meeting to present our ADVANCE-10K results in Vienna. This is not bullshit. I will do the PAGES meetin paper as fast as I can and you must please allow me the leeway . Sorry – but this will not really hold the publication up . If I could sort out some funding I could afford to drop some of these things but with the EC future also up in the air at the moment , I have to try to juggle these things. Sorry again Ray
This email discussing his possible ‘unemployment’ for the Hider of the decline (it was keith Briffa’s data with Phil Jones help using the trick to hide the decline). Leads to a second interesting point, first noticed by Lubos Motl. The spreadsheet linked shows Dr. Phillip Climategate Jones didn’t earn the vast majority of his 22 million in grants until after this email. Line 10 in the linked Lubos sheet shows Phil Jones only earned a paultry 104,230 pounds from NERC. or $167,000 dollars at a 1.6 conversion which is applicable in 1998 dollars. Anyone here mind receiving $167,000? IT WAS NOTHING!!
What happened since then?
You can see that even the great Phil was going to be fired for raising a mere, 2.5 milion USD in the six years prior to 1998. Imagine what your job would be like if you were forced to raise four times your salary in raw after tax profit, just to keep your gojob. Dr. Phil had no qualms about it and was eventually successful. We should have no doubt that a non-leftist, non-advocate person would fail miserably in the same position.
Phil Jones grants averaged 122,000 US dollars per month between 1991 and 2006
BIG OIL, MY ASS!