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Congress to investigate Shukla

Via GWPF, we learn that the US Congress has decided to investigate the institution behind the RICO letter, which called for sceptical scientists to be prosecuted for racketeering. As everyone no doubt knows, some of the authors of the letter appear to have been lining their pockets with taxpayer dollars in a fairly brazen manner.

Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) today sent a letter to Dr. Jagadish Shukla, a professor of climate dynamics at George Mason University who founded the Institute of Global Environment and Society (IGES). IGES is a non-profit organization that has received millions of dollars in federal grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and NASA.

Don't you just love it when scientivists overstep the mark?

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Reader Comments (47)

Yes !

Oct 2, 2015 at 9:20 AM | Unregistered Commentertoad

Eeek ! Go out and buy a couple of heavy duty shredders!

Even if this comes to it probably will, given all the is still a pleasing episode of instant karma.

Oct 2, 2015 at 9:25 AM | Unregistered CommenterJack Savage

Go out and buy a couple of heavy duty popcorn makers!

Oct 2, 2015 at 9:30 AM | Unregistered Commenteralan bates

The fix will be in.
He will be cleared.
Brushed under the carpet.

If Climategate didn't lead to cleaning up climatology - nothing will.

Oct 2, 2015 at 9:34 AM | Registered CommenterM Courtney

@M Courtney
This is different. It is the USA. It is public money, a public university, and a Republican Congress. The issue is financial misconduct rather than academic misconduct.

Oct 2, 2015 at 9:44 AM | Unregistered CommenterRichard Tol

“This letter raises serious concerns because IGES appears to be almost fully funded by taxpayer money while simultaneously participating in partisan political activity…”

Oct 2, 2015 at 9:47 AM | Registered CommenterPaul Matthews


It seems to me that to make the most of any counter offensive, the man to target is Trenberth. I am not suggesting any improper financial behavior -there is at present no evidence for that- but a much closer look at how he has used his perch as a taxpayer funded civil servant to further the alarmist agenda.

In particular how he would like to reconcile, in the context of a congressional hearing, his 2009 Climategate email acknowledging the absence of warming with his subsequent and ongoing efforts to obfuscate/deny the reality of the "pause".

Oct 2, 2015 at 9:48 AM | Unregistered Commentertetris

Holding 'progressive' organisations to normal standards just does not happen. Look at the behaviour of the Labour party in some of its more rotten boroughs: jobs for the boys, embezzlement, planning favours, wife-on-the-payroll etc etc etc. John-being-John works for them, but were John in any non-progressive organisation, he would have been hounded out of public life. Once in a blue moon a particularly outrageous bit of helping-self gets prosecuted but by and large they get away with it because a) they are the 'good' people, the moral high grounders and anyone critising them is basically nasty and b) really only they properly understand their convoluted structures so unless the whistle-blower is an insider there's a strong likelihood he will get it wrong/miss the point. In short nothing is likely to come of all this IGES stuff.

Oct 2, 2015 at 9:49 AM | Unregistered Commenterbill

Bish, may I just point out that although the acronym COLA in Shukla's case stands for "Center for Ocean-Land-Atmosphere studies" in the USA it general means "Cost OF Living Adjustment", which quite succinctly seems to describes what the good professor and his cohorts were up to.
...Josh Cartoon request alert..."Stop taking the Kool-Aid, just claim the COLA".


Oct 2, 2015 at 9:53 AM | Unregistered CommenterPMT

'Three wheels on my waggon,
But I'm still rollin' along ... '

Oct 2, 2015 at 10:04 AM | Unregistered CommenterBarbara

Alfred E Neuman grown up!

Oct 2, 2015 at 10:20 AM | Unregistered CommenterNCC 1701E

More like one wheel on the wagon. I told people the other day to invest in popcorn futures - probably too late now.

From recent observations of parliament, the BBC, the MO, DECC, the Planning Inspectorate and Local Authorities, I would say that corruption is pretty well embedded in the UK PTB and the bureaucracy. Some is financial, but not all.

Oct 2, 2015 at 10:21 AM | Registered CommenterPhillip Bratby

The letter that was inadvertently posted on this web site has been removed. It was decided more than two years ago that the Institute of Global Environment and Society (IGES) would be dissolved when the projects then undertaken by IGES would be completed. All research projects by IGES were completed in July 2015, and the IGES web site is in the process of being decommissioned.

"when the projects would be completed"

Translation: "when the funds had all been syphoned.

Oct 2, 2015 at 10:27 AM | Unregistered CommenterGeckko

Trenberth has already explained that he thinks the instruments are probably wrong. Such unscientific nonsense are always accepted these days if you are a catastrophist whilst realism never gets a free ride. Time and time again these slippery eels have been proven wrong but they are all still in work and still getting generous grants to study something that exists only in their crap models. Investigations are whitewashes. Lies become truth. Even cutting off their funding only works until some new clueless fool takes over, as we have seen with Tony Abbot. Common sense didn't break out with any of the previous false enviro-scares and even when the scares drop out of the news the crap legislation based on the crap science remains. All that will happen is that cooling will occur in the next 20 years and the scientists will switch to the acid rain scare, oxygen depletion, global cooling again, pesticides or whatever new scare pays the most and everyone who was proven wrong will get generous awards in their old age for their contribution to scientific understanding.

Oct 2, 2015 at 10:27 AM | Unregistered CommenterJamesG

..Josh Cartoon/FridayFunny request alert No/#2...
From the pork barrel/pig trough school of Government funding, how about:-
"Shukla, living high on the hog"

Sorry Josh, I'll go away and sharpen some brushes and clean some pencils...

Oct 2, 2015 at 10:37 AM | Unregistered CommenterPMT

I asked yesterday at WUWT what COLA did and they kindly pointed me to this

Their publication list goes a long way back and include some familar names. Two were with Richard Lindzen and I wonder if the papers were COLA papers or if they're all the papers published by the current COLA members before they even joined COLA. One of the things I noted from a well known and discredited medical study was that the majority of names listed had had almost no real part in its production.

How much of COLA's curriculum vitae is actually work carried out for COLA?

Oct 2, 2015 at 10:38 AM | Unregistered CommenterTinyCO2

Genuine alarmist logic:

Sherlock McIntyre and Inspector Laframboise are investigating our letter!
Make it disappear!
Congress are investigating our organisation!
Make it disappear!
What? Congress?

Oct 2, 2015 at 10:39 AM | Registered CommenterDung

I doubt whether anything much will happen as a result of either letter. I think it's just another game of Climateball, with Shukla's team scoring a spectacular own goal.

Oct 2, 2015 at 11:06 AM | Registered CommenterPaul Matthews

Please, all good folk here, refrain from using "scientist" when "worker" is a better description.
Good, classical science is proceeding, mostly quietly as usual. Sadly,it is being tarnished by imposters doing things like spreading propaganda with a small sprinkle of science to make workers seem higher in intellect than the average Joan or Joe or Jo- between.
Do keep science clear of those who wanna be. Please.

Relatedly, some here are lowering the tone by persistent misuse of the possessive, the apostrophe problem. The rules are very simple. Do learn them. It takes about a minute.

While in reformation mode, might I please mention the frequent and wrong mixing of singular/plural. Example of wrong -
The crowd expressed their disgust.

Oct 2, 2015 at 11:17 AM | Unregistered CommenterGeoff Sherrington

I don't this this investigation being limited to just one person and one organisation. It will instead be an ongoing daily drip feed exposing the corruption arrogant and deceit of the climate extremists.

And it will be all the much worse for those involved, because not once have the press seriously looked at their behaviour and that is why they became so arrogant about their own supposed untouchability.

Oct 2, 2015 at 11:18 AM | Registered CommenterMikeHaseler

He and Patchy make a good pair...

Oct 2, 2015 at 11:21 AM | Registered Commenterjamesp

"IGES is a non-profit organization that has received millions of dollars in federal grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and NASA."

It must be hard NOT to get rich when in charge of something being lavishly funded by 3 separate agencies, plus University income, our (British) poor academics have to get on the BBC in order to get rich.

Oct 2, 2015 at 11:28 AM | Unregistered CommenterMikky

If the FBI are quick, they won't have to fly to Paris to progress their investigations into fraud and corruption in climate science.

It may be cheaper if the Paris party is cancelled, and relocated to a US prison rehabilitation unit.

Could the US be banned from emitting any more noxious climate scientists into airspace. If each EU member state did the same, this tragic malaise could be contained, like foot in mouth disease.

Oct 2, 2015 at 11:37 AM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

Richard Tol

Financial Misconduct or Academic Misconduct what ever way round one always leads to the other.

Oct 2, 2015 at 12:01 PM | Unregistered CommenterJamspid

Via GWPF, we learn that the US Congress has decided ...


Oct 2, 2015 at 12:27 PM | Registered CommenterMartin A

I am so waiting for Sou or Dana or the NYT to mention this ... but not holding my breath. It's in the National Review, hope the WSJ is next.

Greg Laden still has The Letter online. Maybe he didn't get the memo?

Oct 2, 2015 at 12:43 PM | Unregistered CommenterKenW

Via GWPF, we learn that the US Congress has decided ...


Oct 2, 2015 at 12:27 PM | Registered CommenterMartin A

?Global Warming Policy Forum?

Oct 2, 2015 at 1:02 PM | Registered CommenterDung

Is the GWPF sending Lord Lawson's extended family to count the number of Shuklas on Shukla's payroll >

Oct 2, 2015 at 1:17 PM | Unregistered CommenterRussell

Geoff Sherrington, I note your disgust at the term scientist, being linked to these con men.

If proper scientists would like to correct some of the misinformation, it would be worth their while making enquiries of their own professional bodies, to ensure those at the top have not been tainted by the corruption of climate science.

If it was not for the 'alleged' support of noble institutions such as the Royal Society, this scam might have been terminated in the last century.

The Royal Society, and others, only appear to be expressing the views of those members who could be bothered to express a preference, which has been proven throughout history and science, to be an excellent way of corrupting democracy.

Guilt by association has always been part of the global warmist attack weaponry. It has also been part of corruption investigations in the UK. If you shake a tree hard enough, it is amazing what falls out. And not just apples, or bananas part eaten by a chimp.

Oct 2, 2015 at 1:31 PM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

The Americans are big on wire fraud; it's a simple way to implicate people because if they've pulled a fast one somewhere and then transferred some cash (and we all use electronic means nowadays) then it's a shoe-in for money laundering.

Once you've got that pinned on them - and there's almost no escape route from the act of transferring illicit cash, then the defendant often begins to squeal like the stuck lil' piggy he is in a attempt to plea bargain a lesser sentence. That's when the real fun n games start.

This folks is how back-stories begin to unravel. Fingers crossed!

Oct 2, 2015 at 2:23 PM | Unregistered Commentercheshirered

Russell, what's the gripe at GWPF for? As far as I know, Lord Lawson's kids are fully self supporting in their own separate fields. Unlike SHukla's family.

Oct 2, 2015 at 2:37 PM | Unregistered CommenterTinyCO2

Dung - I know what GWPF* is but I saw no reference to shukla there. I had imagined the Bish had perhaps got the link from Spaceref or WUWT

*Global Warming Policy Foundation

Oct 2, 2015 at 3:02 PM | Registered CommenterMartin A

Martin A, try this site

That doesn't mean they got there first, just where some people saw it first.

Oct 2, 2015 at 3:06 PM | Unregistered CommenterTinyCO2

Martin A

GWPF now stands for two different wings:
Global Warming Policy Foundation
Global Warming Policy Forum

The message is the same but they each have their own website

Helpful Dung ^.^

Oct 2, 2015 at 4:23 PM | Registered CommenterDung

I think similar letter should have gone to all the signatories of the letter. Pretty sure most of them suck on the teat of the state. Have the lawyers have missed a trick?

Oct 2, 2015 at 4:31 PM | Unregistered CommenterClovis Marcus

Clovis Marcus, in the first instance, as Chairman of a Committee, he can only write to the individual running the outfit receiving the money he helped approve, and he may not have any authority, to do anything else.

In the second instance however, he probably has the authority to discuss any concerns with those Government Agencies that have more specialised knowledge and training, in the investigation of financial accountancy procedures, when dealing with Taxpayers money. No doubt Shukla will be as honest as any other climate scientist, under scrutiny.

Oct 2, 2015 at 9:59 PM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

golf charlie - ouch.

Oct 2, 2015 at 10:48 PM | Unregistered CommenterTinyCO2


"Lord Lawson's kids are fully self supporting in their own separate fields"

More self-supporting than most, I should think. Is Russell really defending Shukla? Wow.

Oct 2, 2015 at 11:17 PM | Registered Commenterjamesp

TinyCO2, the extra ouch is that the letter from Senator Lamar Smith (Rep Texas), does make reference to the RICO 20's letter, objecting to those at odds with the White House's acceptance of the consensus on global warming. The RICO 20 have made this political. Maybe that was their intention?

Nothing contained within Senator Smith's letter, is, or can be construed as a 'cease and desist' instruction to those already tasked with investigating the allegations contained within the RICO 20 letter.

It is therefore possible that the original RICO letter, is going to result in two parallel, but separate investigations occurring, under political scrutiny from both sides of the scientific aswell as political divides.

Paris is in 2 months. What could possibly go wrong in climate science before then?

Climate science is a work of fiction. Any similarity with events and corruption enquiries in FIFA, lies with the fraudsters.

Oct 2, 2015 at 11:54 PM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

How about a campaign to Rico IGES on racketeering charges then ?

Oct 3, 2015 at 7:18 AM | Unregistered CommenterPunksta

That doesn't mean they got there first, just where some people saw it first.
Oct 2, 2015 at 3:06 PM | Unregistered CommenterTinyCO2

TinyCO2 - thanks. It was not there when I looked earlier at the GWPF site - or else it was there and I did not see it for some unexplainable reason.

Oct 3, 2015 at 8:48 AM | Registered CommenterMartin A

Is the GWPF sending Lord Lawson's extended family to count the number of Shuklas on Shukla's payroll >
Oct 2, 2015 at 1:17 PM | Unregistered CommenterRussell

If Russell can only come up with inanities like that, he'd be better off saying nothing.

Oct 3, 2015 at 8:51 AM | Registered CommenterMartin A

Martin A, vvussell has one of the most logical brains in climate science, and is only too happy to demonstrate it here.

Oct 3, 2015 at 10:17 AM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

The amazing thing is that a small first step is being taken to look at the intersection of money and climate hype.
Every signer on the infamous RICO demand deserves to be closely scrutinized.
My prediction is they will cooperate even less well than the University of Virginia did.
Even now documents are being shredded and hard drives hammered.

Oct 3, 2015 at 1:08 PM | Unregistered Commenterhunter

hunter, if every signer, became a singer, it would be music to save the poor.

Shredding and hammering of hard drives, after Lamar Smith's letter, could increase the US prison population.

Oct 3, 2015 at 8:56 PM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie


"If Russell can only come up with inanities like that.."

Or, as Delbert McClinton sang, "If you can lie no better than that, you might as well tell the truth."
Applies quite widely to Climate Science, I feel...

Oct 3, 2015 at 11:57 PM | Registered Commenterjamesp


"GMU has, on the other hand, a rather libertarian Economy Facutty, with among others, Walter Williams, Don Boudreaux and Tyler Cowen ..."

Yes, I notified Dr. Williams several days ago about the RICO letter, and then again about the CA posting.

I've no idea if he took an interest or not."

Well, it looks like he did

Good Job Williams!

Oct 6, 2015 at 10:32 PM | Unregistered Commentertomdesabla

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