The letter by global warming scientists calling on President Obama to look into prosecuting climate skeptics has prompted international outcry. See: Debate no more! Jailed for scientific dissent?! Twenty climate scientists, including Top UN scientist, call for RICO investigation of climate skeptics in letter to Obama (Also see: Mike Shellenberger takes down the ‘The Exxon Climate Denial Myth’ – Exxon in ‘many cases advocated for climate policy!’)
The uproar over the to effort to enact racketeering charges against those who disagree with the view of dangerous man-made global warming has just added a new twist.
Dr. Roger Pielke Jr., professor of environmental studies at the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research at the University of Colorado at Boulder, has revealed the leader of the RICO 20 is a prime example of a climate profiteer.
George Mason University Professor of Climate Dynamics Jagadish Shukla, is identified by Pielke Jr. as the man who spearheaded the letter demanding RICO investigation by the Obama Administration. Shukla was also a Lead Author with the UN IPCC in 2007.
Shukla, the “leader of RICO20 climate scientists runs his government grants through a ‘non-profit’,” Pielke Jr. wrote on September 20 on Tweeter.
Prof. Shukla is listed as the “President” of “Institute of Global Environment & Society, Inc.” in the 2014 990 forms.
The group “pays him and wife $500,000 per year for part-time work,” Pielke Jr. revealed. He also provided a link to Guide Star with the supporting information.
Pielke Jr. continued: “From 2012-2014, the Leader of RICO 20 climate scientists paid himself and his wife $1.5 millionfrom government climate grants for part-time work. Shukla’s wife Anne Shukla is listed as the groups “business manager” in the IRS forms.
Anne Shukla’s email: firstname.lastname@example.org
“The $350,000-$400,000 per year paid leader of the RICO20 from his ‘non-profit’ was presumably on top of his $250,000 per year academic salary,” Pielke wrote. “That totals to $750,000 per year to the leader of the RICO20 from public money for climate work and going after skeptics. Good work if you can get it,” Pielke Jr. added.
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