EXPOSED!! Issues Beyond Palo Alto, posted by Walter_E_Wallis, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Jun 22, 2011 at 12:00 pm Walter_E_Wallis is a member (registered user) of Palo Alto Online
NASA Scientist Accused of Using Celeb Status Among Environmental Groups to Enrich Himself
By William Lajeunesse
Published June 22, 2011
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.
"Hansen's office appears to be somewhat of a rogue operation. It's clearly a taxpayer-funded global warming advocacy organization," said Chris Horner, a co-founder of The American Tradition Institute, which filed the lawsuit. "The real issue here is, has Hansen been asking NASA in writing, in advance, for permission for these outside activities? We have reason to believe that has not been occurring."
The lawsuit claims Hansen privately profited from his public job in violation of federal ethics rules, and NASA allowed him to do it because of his influence in the media and celebrity status among environmental groups, which rewarded him handsomely the last four years.
Gifts, speaking fees, prizes and consulting compensation include:
-- 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."
Hansen did not respond to Fox News' request for comment.
Federal rules prohibit government employees from receiving certain types of income outside their job. Employees are required to file Form 17-60 in writing before any outside activity. And annually, they're required to submit Form SF 278, after receiving outside compensation.
The American Tradition Institute filed a Freedom of Information Act request for those two documents for Hansen. The lawsuit claims NASA has "repeatedly and unlawfully refused to produced the requested materials."
"Should the taxpayer know what's going on? Should, as FOIA intends, NASA disclose documents to shed light on its operations and its compliance within the law? We say yes. The law says yes. NASA says no," Horner said.
Mark Hess, chief of communications for the Goddard Space Center, sent Fox News NASA's response to Horner's FOIA request. It said in many cases the documents Horner requested did not exist. Horner claims they should, if Hansen was complying with the law."
I told you so. Hansen was a liar and a cheat who enriched himself with "adjusted" science. The money he got was peanuts. The money expended, both public and private, to meet his phony "peril" is incalculable. Conservatively we all are paying two or three times a reasonable price for energy because of Hansen's bunkum. Let us hope Hansen does the perp walk.
"ATI has strong ties to global warming denialism. Its executive director previously worked for the Heartland Institute, an Exxon-supported organization that sponsors an annual climate change denialism summit. And its senior litigator has written such books as Red Hot Lies: How Global Warming Alarmists Use Threats, Fraud and Deception to Keep You Misinformed."
Not surprised that our local right-wing republican has decided to run with this story. this fits his agenda.
Posted by Walter_E_Wallis, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Jun 22, 2011 at 3:37 pm Walter_E_Wallis is a member (registered user) of Palo Alto Online
That's local libertarian, svatoid. And, locally, LEFT wing republicans. I doubt you could find a right wing republican in California.
Exxon gives more money to warmists than to denyists because they have to keep cred on both sides. This is true of most energy companies. It is indisputable, however, that Hansen left his objectivity in the garage when he went a'trolling for dollars. His little black box climate predictor would match any carny sharper. All it lacked was relevance.
Posted by Perspective, a resident of the Meadow Park neighborhood, on Jun 22, 2011 at 4:04 pm
Walter: I have stopped being shocked at how brilliant Churchill was with his comment about the truth. In this case, I have actually known this about Hansen for at least 2 years... I can connect the dots about his speaking engagements and knew what he was up to. Luckily, I guess the pants are finally on and catching up to the lies he told.
"A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to put its pants on." ~Winston Churchill
Posted by J Stewart, a resident of Menlo Park, on Jun 22, 2011 at 5:13 pm
"Exxon gives more money to warmists than to denyists because they have to keep cred on both sides. This is true of most energy companies..."
They need cred?!?!?
How about facts, instead of cred, "cred" produced by lies?
That's like Fox news this weekend admitting they cover the conservative side, not truth. Not fair and balanced. Of course, they cut that part out of the interview, but Chris Wallace is up on the web admitting it.
"Jon Stewart was on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace this past weekend, where he talked about his views on the network and its conservative bias. What aired was a 12 minute segment, but an uncut 22 minute interview is available online. On last night's Daily Show, Stewart talked about the interview and what he thinks is the most important part of it, which was unsurprisingly left on the cutting room floor. In the segment he's talking about, Wallace essentially admits that Fox News has a conservative slant in order to "balance out" MSNBC's liberal slant." Web Link
Posted by svatoid, a resident of the Charleston Gardens neighborhood, on Jun 23, 2011 at 8:02 am
"That's local libertarian, svatoid."
Walter--I am not a libertarian. I am a liberal democrat and I make no secret of it. I do not claim to be a libertarian while goose stepping to the beat of the republican drum,like some former veterans do.
Posted by Walter_E_Wallis, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Jun 23, 2011 at 6:19 pm Walter_E_Wallis is a member (registered user) of Palo Alto Online
I agree less with democrats than with republicans, but I follow neither drummer. It's the message, not the messenger, but then it's so hard to attack the message. And I am a current veteran, not former.