Scientist Who Urged Feds to Sue Climate Skeptics Gets Mllions from Taxpayers

Scientist Who Urged Feds to Sue Climate Skeptics Gets Mllions from Taxpayers

Scientist Who Urged Feds to Sue Climate Skeptics Gets Mllions from Taxpayers

A key signatory of a petition calling for government to sue companies that question climate change has pulled the letter from his institute's website amid revelations his family reaped $500,000 in salary and benefits last year from the government-funded organization. 

The controversy started after George Mason University climatologist Jagadish Shukla and 19 other scientists signed a letter on Sept. 1 urging lawsuits against companies like Exxon for, the petitioners claim, intentionally misleading about climate change. They say the federal government could sue using “RICO” laws originally designed to prosecute the mob, and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., has also backed the idea.

But global warming skeptics accused Shukla of channeling millions of dollars in government science grants into his own salary through a non-profit – while government agencies tell FoxNews.com that they stand by their grants.

Last year, tax records show that Shukla received a $333,000 salary and benefits from an organization he created called the "The Institute of Global Environment and Society" – a group that gets 90 percent of its revenue from government grants. His wife also received $166,000 in compensation from the group over the same period.

 

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