Scientist leading effort to prosecute climate skeptics under RICO ‘paid himself & his wife $1.5 million from govt climate grants for part-time work’
By Paul Homewood
Roger Pielke brings the astonishing story of just how much money Jagadish Shukla, one of the scientists leading the effort to prosecute climate sceptics under the RICO Act, makes from the public purse.
Just to recap, Shukla was the lead signatory of the letter from 20 scientists earlier this month urging Obama to set up an investigation under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act of corporations and other organisations who are sceptical of alarmist claims about climate change.
It turns out that Shukla, also a Lead Author with the IPCC in 2007, is President and Chief Executive of the Institute of Global Environment and Society Inc . Its mission is to provide society with weather and climate information, and it has been set up as an organisation exempt from income tax, according to the returns filed.
The Accounts show that in 2013 the Institute received $3.8 million from government grants. Over the last four years, government funding has amounted to more then $16 million. As the Institute has been trading since 1991, this figure is likely to be just the tip of the iceberg.
Out of this income, Shukla paid himself and his wife, Anne, $333,000 and $166,000 respectively last year. Over the last three years, they have paid themselves more than $1.5 million.
There is even a job, as Assistant to the President, for Sonia Shukla, who one would imagine is closely related.
This, for Shukla at least, was only for part time work, as he also receives $250,000 a year as Professor at George Mason University.
This is corruption of the highest order. If there is to be a RICO investigation, perhaps it should start with Mr Shukla and the rest of his co-signatories.