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Edward Maibach, The Center for Climate Change Communication & That Letter

September 24, 2015

By Paul Homewood 




We have already seen that the lead signatory of the letter calling on Obama to launch a RICO investigation into climate sceptics, Jagadish Shukla, has been paying himself $500,000 a year out of government climate grants.


Let’s look more closely at another signatory, a certain Edward Maibach, like Shukla, a Professor at George Mason University, where he is also Director of the Center for Climate Change Communication.

Maibach, you may be surprised to learn, is no climate scientist, but has a BA in social psychology from University of California, and a PhD in communication research from Stanford University.

According to the Centre’s blurb:


Ed joined the George Mason University faculty in 2007 to create the Center for Climate Change Communication. Trained in public health and communication, he has extensive experience as an academic researcher and as a communication and social marketing practitioner in government, business, and the non-profit sector. His research focuses on the broad question of how public engagement in climate change can be expanded and enhanced.

Ed is currently a Principal Investigator on several climate change education grants funded by the National Science Foundation, NASA, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment, and Town Creek Foundation. He also currently serves on the National Climate Assessment Development and Advisory Committee and advises a wide range of organizations on how to improve their climate change communication, education and outreach.

In 2010, Ed was awarded George Mason University’s highest honor: distinguished University Professor.


Several climate change education grants! A nice little earner I’m sure.

But if you wondered why taxpayer’s money is being spent on propaganda like this, I am afraid this is just the tip of the iceberg.


Maibach heads up this team of faculty researchers, all bar one at Professor or Assistant Professor level. None appear to have climate science qualifications, but instead are experienced in communications and media work.

Not all are full-time workers in the Center, but all work at George Mason.



On top of this lot, there thirteen affiliate researchers from other universities, not to mention a bunch of doctoral students.





The Center describes its role:

Climate change is the result of human actions and choices. Limiting climate change – and protecting people and ecosystems to the degree possible from unavoidable changes in the climate – will require significant public engagement in the issue so that difficult decisions can be made by members of the public and policy makers. Our center was created to conduct unbiased social science research that will facilitate such public engagement.


This is one hell of a high powered effort to push out global warming propaganda, and heaven knows what it all costs. Amongst its providers of major funding are listed NASA, the National Science Foundation and private foundations such as Grantham Foundation and Rockefeller Family Fund.

It could hardly be a more incestuous relationship. NASA pumps funding into the Center in order to persuade the public of the terrors of global warming, which in turn will help to maintain their own funding, which can then be used to further ramp up the scare.



It is no wonder Mr Maibach is so keen to sign the letter, and silence sceptics.

  1. September 24, 2015 6:15 pm

    Ding Ding. I seem to remember that was the signal that the bus was about to set off. Or was it the gravy train?

  2. September 24, 2015 6:55 pm

    For several decades, the National “Science” Foundation has had a policy of not funding “research” which was not favorable to the dictates of the environmentalists. Also the hiring practices of academia follows the same path.

    Do you think we dare tell them that there is coal in Antarctica? Would that send them over the edge? Nevermind, they have already hurled them selves over the edge.

  3. September 24, 2015 7:59 pm

    How do all these publicly funded unproductive parasites get away with it?

    ‘advises a wide range of organizations on how to improve their climate change communication, education and outreach’

    Give us a break 😦

  4. September 24, 2015 8:39 pm

    The letter says “As climate scientists…”.
    So by putting his name to it, Maibach is misrepresenting his academic credentials.

  5. R2Dtoo permalink
    September 25, 2015 3:29 am

    Not only these folks, but also the universities depend on grants/donations to stay alive. This model is replicated at almost all universities, which is why most of them signed the sustainability charter. Higher education has sold the farm.

  6. September 25, 2015 7:32 am

    While the AGW-trough is obviously attractive and even greatly encouraged in the USA it is more worrying to note that it is used to create environmental havoc in EU. The USA, where even despite a useless president and papal interventions, far fewer mad schemes are going ahead and they are exporting coal, oil and wood to the “paying-believers”:

    My conclusion is that enviro-capitalism works well for the USA and stuff the rest.

  7. September 25, 2015 9:23 am

    Ding Ding eh. With the amount of money sloshing around this lot of reprobates it should have been Ching Ching, and her brother Ka Ching.

  8. October 3, 2015 6:05 pm

    Reblogged this on Climate Collections and commented:
    More details on the “inadvertently posted” RICO letter.


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