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Wednesday
Mar022016

Outlook bad for Shukla

Remember Jagadish Shukla, the American professor who called for racketeering laws to be used against sceptics? There was considerable interest when it was revealed that Prof Shukla appeared to be working full time for a charity he ran, as well as taking his university salary. This "double dipping" seems to have been brought to the attention of US lawmakers, who have asked auditors to investigate. It's not looking good for Prof Shukla:

According to [House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith]’s letter, the audit “appears to reveal that Dr. Shukla engaged in what is referred to as ‘double dipping.’ In other words, he received his full salary at GMU, while working full time at IGES and receiving a full salary there.”

Mr. Smith cites a memo from the school’s internal auditor in claiming that Mr. Shukla appeared to violate the university’s policy on outside employment and paid consulting. The professor received $511,410 in combined compensation from the school and IGES in 2014, according to Mr. Smith, “without ever receiving the appropriate permission from GMU officials.”

Couldn't happen to a nicer guy.

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Reader Comments (79)

Could Shukla be hoisted on a canard instead? It would save some confusion, but would still end in a ducking mess, whether a stool was used, or not.

Mar 2, 2016 at 10:31 PM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

Petard = very stupid pet.

Mar 3, 2016 at 12:20 AM | Unregistered CommenterJack Savage

Peturb = a climate scientist facing unemployment due to lack of tax payer funding.

Proverb = Climate scientist with hand in till, gets something cut off.

Retard = What climate scientists have done to science

Mar 3, 2016 at 12:55 AM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

Petard = Roger Harrabin, Bob Ward's lapdog

Mar 3, 2016 at 1:13 AM | Unregistered Commenterclipe

BobWard = major part of climate science's communication problem

Interred = climate science's destiny

Custurd = something inedible, frequently served to the Armed Forces

Cowsturd = something inedible, frequently found stuck to wellies, having got into someone else's car

Mousturd = something not recommended for human consumption, resembling a raisin, contained in muesli during a rodent infestation.

Mar 3, 2016 at 3:13 AM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

Lying basturds?

"Watch out where the (Peter Gleick) huskies go, and don't you eat that yellow snow."

Mar 3, 2016 at 3:46 AM | Unregistered Commenterclipe

"AtheoK, you might be right. Shukla is not a pawn, he is a pretty big fish to have garnered $63 million in federal research grants since 2001 for his IGES...

...Maybe the GMU internal audit finding violation of University policies was an attempt to avoid that possible NSF sanction.

Mar 2, 2016 at 7:47 PM | Unregistered CommenterRud Istvan "

You are correct Rud, except on the fish size. Yes, Shukla is a very large leech. But as CAGW movers and shakers go, Shukla did not decide issues and push new approaches. Still, Shukla must know a good deal about how the CAGW movement made decisions, attacked scientists and pushed bad science.

Faced with prosecution, Shukla is an ideal catch for prosecutors, an insider steeped in CAGW knowledge, low in the CAGW power structure and caught with his hand deep in the cookie till. Even Whitehouse must be thinking how to distance himself from Shukla.

You accurately describe the legal, general university and grant issues. The GMU self audit may be just such an attempt at avoiding NSF sanction. I am not aware of how NSF decides their grant and contractual duties other than NSF used to be considered seriously less than diligent as a Federal agency.

Federal investigation procedures are extremely detailed when tracking money flow along with responsibility structure. Exactly who was responsible for funds, fund movement, reports and research tracking.

If the GMU self audit tracks very close to what the IG's team already knows, including who managed which dollar and when; then the IG may accept the report without sending in their own team of investigators. Any gaps or oversights and the IG will give GMU some opportunity to correct report deficiencies. Serious gaps or errors will cause IG employees to raise their eyebrows and study numbers and people much closer.

Time will tell. I look forward to your comments!

Mar 3, 2016 at 5:00 AM | Unregistered CommenterATheoK

"This might have come to light years ago had ad Virginia Attorney General Cucccinelli focused on his state's university's rather than Pennsylvania's

Mar 2, 2016 at 8:24 PM | Unregistered CommenterRussell "

Do tell?

Just which Pennsylvania university did Cuccinelli focus on?

Last we citizens of Virginia heard, Virginia AG Ken Cuccinelli sought records from University Of Virginia located in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Mar 3, 2016 at 5:12 AM | Unregistered CommenterATheoK

Russell says: "This might have come to light years ago had ad Virginia Attorney General Cucccinelli focused on his state's university's rather than Pennsylvania's"

My recollection is that Cuccinelli was refused on the bizarre finding by the Virginia court that public agencies are not subject to the Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act (FATA) -see discussion http://climateaudit.org/2012/03/05/above-the-law/.

The consequence of this strange decision - so praised by climate scientists - is, as I understand it, that Cuccinelli would not be entitled to issue a CID to George Mason University in respect to potential fraud or similar offences by Shukla and his associates.

I had spoken out against Cuccinelli on the grounds that his investigation of Mann was an abuse of administrative power. However, I thought that the court's technique for shielding Mann was poorly thought out and led to undesirable consequences.


But

Mar 3, 2016 at 6:00 AM | Unregistered CommenterSteve McIntyre

Regarding the petard controversy I think you chaps are making fountains out of molehills.

Mar 3, 2016 at 6:06 AM | Unregistered Commenterkeith L

Let's hope that Shukla will receive his just desserts. But on the other front mentioned in this thread (i.e. the closure of the oh-so-venerable Yale Climate & Energy Institute by the end of June 2016) it is perhaps worth recalling that the very first** Chairman and (AFAIK) still associated bigwig is none other than the disgraced and - by all accounts I've seen since his departure from the IPCC, last Februrary - disgraceful ... Rajendra K. Pachauri.

** See Pachauri To Head New Climate and Energy Institute at Yale

What a small world that is revealing itself to be oh-so tinged and tainted, eh?!

Hilary (hoping to get back into the posting and commenting saddle again, within the next week or so, following a two-month hospitalization with very limited, infrequent Internet access - and who cannot believe the blindness with which our PM and his equally unqualified cohorts are in following Obama's oh-so-foolish footsteps)

Mar 3, 2016 at 7:07 AM | Registered CommenterHilary Ostrov

HIlary: we have a PM? I thought he was just an EU lapdog.

Mar 3, 2016 at 7:45 AM | Registered CommenterRadical Rodent

Interesting @Hilary that article thickly laid on the praise for Pachauri

“We are fortunate to attract one of the world’s foremost climate change
experts perverts to lead this ambitious new institute,” Levin said. “No one has a more comprehensive grasp of the science and policy of climate change or has done more to bring attention to this urgent issue.”
I wonder if the Yale Climate and Energy Institute was genuinely successful ?

- The Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies Twitterfeed reads like a faith-based lobbying group.
April 1-9 there's still the Eighth Environmental Film Festival at Yale with Josh Fox headlining etc.

Mar 3, 2016 at 7:49 AM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

Being hoist on your own petard could result in being hanged if something got caught on the way back down. A petard is a small bomb in an iron pot used for blowing in doors same derivation as French 'pet' = fart.

HAMLET
There’s letters sealed, and my two schoolfellows,
Whom I will trust as I will adders fanged,
They bear the mandate. They must sweep my way
And marshal me to knavery. Let it work,
For ’tis the sport to have the engineer
Hoist with his own petard. And ’t shall go hard,
But I will delve one yard below their mines,
And blow them at the moon. Oh, ’tis most sweet
When in one line two crafts directly meet.

'trust as I will adders fanged' sounds good advice in this case

Mar 3, 2016 at 8:09 AM | Unregistered CommenterNigel S

This might have come to light years ago had ad Virginia Attorney General Cucccinelli focused on his state's university's rather than Pennsylvania's
Mar 2, 2016 at 8:24 PM | Russell

Somebody thinks that a light year is a long time.

Mar 3, 2016 at 8:17 AM | Unregistered CommenterMartin A

Radical Rodent

I think Hilary probably means the ever-impressive Justin Trudeau (who obviously would be an EU lapdog if he ever got the chance)...

Mar 3, 2016 at 8:42 AM | Unregistered CommenterFen Tiger

Nigel S (8:09 AM), many thanks for that chunk of the great bard's work. Exquisite writing. Cheers one up a bit when one is contemplating the sordid machinations of the CO2 bandwagoneers to be reminded of great art. And, there has also been some witty wordification stuff going on in other comments as well to help us on our way to greater insight.

Mar 3, 2016 at 8:53 AM | Registered CommenterJohn Shade

Fen Tiger: how was I to know that Hilary is in the more extreme western counties of England? It took me a while to work out that Jo Nova is in the more extreme southern counties, and she left loads of hints!

Mar 3, 2016 at 9:02 AM | Registered CommenterRadical Rodent

John Shade (8:53 AM) One of my favourite bits (being an engineer).

'fountains out of molehills' above (6:06 AM) is really excellent alluding to both the eruption of the petard and the mining of the engineer. I think this excellent news has cheered everybody up and brought out the lyrical side in the comments. Time wounds all heels so we must keep the faith and stay hopeful.

Mar 3, 2016 at 9:14 AM | Unregistered CommenterNigel S

@Hilary : Of course that Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (not the Yale Climate and Energy Institute) *
was the one which got a CBC news article switched around, after it correctly reported that most Canadians didn't think Humans have caused MOST of global warming. Leah Stokes got them to change the article to say that MOST Canadians believe SOME of Global Warming has been caused by man.

mentioned on JoNova last week
* - "the Yale Climate and Energy Institute,
- the Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy,
- the Center for Business and the Environment at Yale,"
............ are all housed in the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies main building

Mar 3, 2016 at 9:19 AM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

Given all the above, Steve McIntyre ought to be described as a climate science mining engineer's Petard, as he has blown the security doors off the secretive citadel, and it has all been somewhat unhinged ever since.

Mar 3, 2016 at 11:36 AM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

Pcar

"alternative pleasures as Joan Rivers mentioned before she died"

This is news to me - do tell...

Mar 3, 2016 at 1:15 PM | Registered Commenterjamesp

I love it when scam artists get caught out, which is why I'm enjoying the current electoral circus (I understand there may be gladiatorial amusements later). Mr. Trump's success, against the full weight of the media "deciders" and the GOP wing if the Incumbent Party is fun to watch.

Of course, he'll probably be a disaster as President, but then all the front-runners would. And we've survived Obama, who is a complete wrecker..

Fear is for sissies, I say. Bring on the apocalypse.

Mar 3, 2016 at 2:13 PM | Unregistered Commentermojo

mojo, I try to stay out of politics, particularly in the US, but on Global Warming, the more he annoys the warmists, the more I warm to Trump. Whether the warmists have yet worked out what is going wrong with their plans for the Democrats of Warmunism, I don't know, but signs of panic are evident in the UK.

Obviously if the US Presidential election is going to be used as a 'consensus' on climate change, I don't think the magic 97% figure is going to survive proper public scrutiny. But it has never stood up to any form of scrutiny anyway.

Mar 3, 2016 at 2:35 PM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

An engineer told me before he died
Harum ti!tty bum, t!tty bum, t!tty bum
An engineer told me before he died
And I've no reason to believe he lied
Harum ti!tty bum, t!tty bum, t!tty bum
Harum, t!tty bum, etc....

He once knew a greenie with a gob so wide,
Harum t!tty bum, t!tty bum, t!tty bum.
He once knew a greenie with a gob so wide,
That he was so self- satisfied
Harum t!tty bum, t!tty bum, t!tty bum.
Harum, t!tty bum, etc....

So he built a rico petard,
Harum titty bum, titty bum, titty bum.
So He built a rico petard,
Hidden by a great façade,
Harum t!tty bum, t!tty bum, t!tty bum.
Harum, t!tty bum, etc....

Two full time jobs he did a day
Harum t!tty bum, t!tty bum, t!tty bum..
Two full time jobs he did a day,
He made the people pay and pay,
Harum t!tty bum, t!tty bum, t!tty bum.
Harum, t!tty bum, etc....

Till at last the greenie cried,
Harum t!tty bum, t!tty bum, t!tty bum.
Till at last the greenie cried,
Forget the fuss, I'm satisfied.
Harum t!tty bum, t!tty bum, t!tty bum.
Harum, t!tty bum, etc....

....
....

Now we come to the tragic bit,
Harum t!tty bum, t!tty bum, t!tty bum.
Now we come to the tragic bit,
There was no way of stopping it.
Harum t!tty bum, t!tty bum, t!tty bum.
Harum, t!tty bum, etc....


He was hoisted up on it,
Harum t!tty bum, t!tty bum, t!tty bum.
He was hoisted up on it,
Then landed in a heap of sh!t.
Harum t!tty bum, t!tty bum, t!tty bum.
Harum, t!tty bum, etc....

Mar 3, 2016 at 4:31 PM | Unregistered CommenterEternalOptimist

@jamesp, Mar 3, 2016 at 1:15 PM

Pcar

"alternative pleasures as Joan Rivers mentioned before she died"

This is news to me - do tell...

Email sent :)

Mar 3, 2016 at 6:48 PM | Registered CommenterPcar

To Lukes and Warmists: You can't prove the IPCC's claim that radiation from the cold atmosphere warms the surface and can be treated exactly the same as solar radiation, helping the Sun to raise the surface temperature each morning. You can't prove their claim that the troposphere would be isothermal without greenhouse gases like water vapor and CO2 - that's not what the Second Law of Thermodynamics tells us, and no vortex cooling tube in the world would operate if it were true that isothermal conditions are stable in a force field, be it gravity or centrifugal force in a vortex tube. You have no physical evidence whatsoever for the false physics promulgated by the likes of the IPCC authors, as well as Lukes like Roy Spencer, Judith Curry, Joanne Nova, David Evans et al. What does explain temperatures and heat transfers on all planets may be read here and in the linked papers or my book: http://climate-change-theory.com

Mar 3, 2016 at 10:50 PM | Unregistered CommenterAtmospheric Physicist

Hilary Ostrov, good to hear you are in better health than climate science.

Is it known why it took 6 years for the finest brains of Yale to work out that having an Energy and Climate Institute was not a bright idea? The UK still has a taxpayer funded Department of Energy and Climate Change, and the more the climate doesn't change, the more perilous our energy supplies become. With Pachauri otherwise engaged, having failed in repeated attempts to engage, perhaps Yale could advise the UK Government to avoid further humiliation

Mar 4, 2016 at 1:28 AM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

stewgreen

Re quote about Pachauri


No one has a more comprehensive grasp of the science and policy of climate change or has done more to bring attention to this urgent issue

His comprehensive grasp apparently including any nearby parts of female anatomy.

Mar 5, 2016 at 7:47 PM | Unregistered CommenterMessenger

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