NASA scientist allegedly paid to misuse position
NASA scientist, father of global warming hoax, allegedly paid to misuse his position
By Tom Randall
Date: June 23, 2011
Issue: James Hansen, the NASA scientist who many credit with starting the global warming hoax after years of warning of a coming ice age, may have violated laws and government agency rules in receiving over $1 million from environmental and related groups over the last four years, according to a report by Fox News.
The story stems from a lawsuit filed by Chris Horner, director of litigation for the American Tradition Institute and Senior Fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, seeking release of Hansen’s NASA records. The report cites a number of payments Hansen received from environmental and related groups, using his status as a NASA scientist eager to promote man-made global warming and denounce opposing views. The payments included the following, according to the report:
“-- 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."
Comment: It is more than interesting that a government employee would get legal advice and media consulting services from a political activist group. Just what does a government scientist need media consulting services for, in the first place? It’s easier to see why he might need legal advice.
Comment: In our memory, government employees have not been candidates for political activism awards.
Comment: These are not the only instances where Hansen has taken questionable money. In 2001 he received a $250,000 environmental award from the Heinz Family Foundation, run by Teresa Heinz, at a time when her husband, John Kerry was considering a run for president, using man-made global warming as one of his key issues.
Contact: Tom Randall