Climate Scientist Arrested for Fraud

AlongiClimate scientist Daniel AlongiClimate scientist Daniel Alongi has been indicted by the Australian government on charges of defrauding taxpayers out of $556,000 in false expenses since 2008.

Alongi has already admitted to creating false invoices, credit card statements, and e-mails to cover his misappropriation of funds.

Alongi’s indictment raises serious questions concerning the credibility of his research. During the period of Alongi’s alleged fraud, his research focusing on the impact of climate change on the Great Barrier Reef, coastal mangroves, and coastal ecosystems was published in numerous national and international journals.

Meteorologist Anthony Watts said in a post on his popular climate website Watts Up With That he’s concerned Alongi may have falsified scientific findings to justify his expenses. Alongi has published 140 scientific publications and his work has been cited 5,861 times by other researchers.

“If Alongi falsely claimed to have spent half a million dollars on radioisotope testing, it would look pretty strange if he didn’t produce any false test results, to justify the expenditure of all that money,” wrote Watts. 

‘Scientists Not Immune to Corruption’

Alongi’s arrest marks the second time in recent months questions have been raised concerning the use of government funds given to carry out climate research.

In late 2015, the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology began an investigation into George Mason University professor Jagadish Shukla’s non-profit research think tank, the Institute for Global Environment and Security Inc (IGES). IGES received more than $63 million dollars in federal grants, accounting for 98 percent of its operating revenue since 2001, but it produced very little published research.

A complaint filed by the Competitive Enterprise Institute and Cause of Action with the Internal Revenue Service requested the tax agency to investigate Shukla and IGES for illegally engaging in lobbying and advocacy activities, rather than conducting the research the government grants were given to them for.

“Scientists can be tempted by money just like any other profession,” said Marc Morano, publisher of Climate Depot. “A Ph.D. does not make one immune to potential financial corruption.

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    Charles Duemler

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    hope they prosecute the crap out of people trying to profit off a solution or knowingly waste money on other things using funds earmarked for global warming

    corruption concerning the life and death of masses including global warming should not be tolerated and dealt with harshly

    with that i’d stake my life on my solution – involves dictating the movement of the start of a hurricanes eye wall http://readersupportednews.org/pm-section/27-27/16331-ending-global-warming-and-starvation-forever

    it will never get implemented while people are lying and taking money

    just try and tear mine apart!!
    i have little faith that anybody can and less faith that it will get implemented

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    GR82DRV

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    So… It looks like the first skin of this smelly onion is beginning to be peeled back.

    Apparently this guy may have actually [u]falsified[/u] data, believing that this was now the accepted standard. This is understandable given the role of politics and riches now applied to climate science. No doubt others have simply been more careful to cover their tracks.

    Others yet have been known to provide their grant benefactors with desired outcomes by [u]skewing[/u] or [i]ignoring[/i] critical data. And many more have simply [u]restated[/u] the skewed work of their peers to assure that they will stay aboard the climate change gravy train.

    The most galling aspect of this malfeasance is this same cadre’s call for [u]censorship[/u] of conflicting research while insisting that science of this enormous and controversial scale can somehow be “settled”, and that skepticism is somehow antithetical to the discipline.

    The nerve.

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    Amber

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    Another global warming perp . Sex offenders , CIA impersonators , expense fraudsters . The global warming industry is a magnet to fraudsters and low life’s .

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    Jimmy not that jimmy

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    “Scientists can be tempted by money just like any other profession,”. DING DING DING DING. What does the good doctor think is driving all of this Climate Research after all, if not the availability of easy (research) money? And what, pray tell, would happen to such money of an objective researcher were to publish findings that it is all a crock? This sham is so obvious it makes my head hurt.

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    GR82DRV

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    The shame of this sham is that many universities now rely upon climate change grants as a primary source of funding, even surpassing medical research in some instances. Imagine what medical breakthroughs we are missing as we throw billions down the corrupt climate change rat hole!

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    ArcticHaze

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    In what sense is Alongi a “climate scientist”? His field of research is tropical coast ecology: mangrove forests and reefs. Since when this is “climate research”?

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