Follow the money

And while we do that, let’s hope the media will follow up on this story but don’t bet on it:

The NASA scientist who once claimed the Bush administration tried to “silence” his global warming claims is now accused of receiving more than $1.2 million from the very environmental organizations whose agenda he advocated.

In a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Washington, D.C., a group claims NASA is withholding documents that show James Hansen failed to comply with ethics rules and financial disclosures regarding substantial compensation he earned outside his $180,000 taxpayer-paid position as director of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies.

“Hansen’s office appears to be somewhat of a rogue operation. It’s clearly a taxpayer-funded global warming advocacy organization,” said Chris Horner, a co-founder of The American Tradition Institute, which filed the lawsuit. “The real issue here is, has Hansen been asking NASA in writing, in advance, for permission for these outside activities? We have reason to believe that has not been occurring.”

The lawsuit claims Hansen privately profited from his public job in violation of federal ethics rules, and NASA allowed him to do it because of his influence in the media and celebrity status among environmental groups, which rewarded him handsomely the last four years.

My guess is that this will disappear from news cycles rather quickly as it’s news that can’t get past mainstream filters.  If only Hansen were a Catholic priest charged with molestation, or if only he were a Republican presidential candidate with multiple lines of credit at Tiffanys… then and only then would we actually get any media interest in the story.

If it gets any airtime at all, it’ll be about how Fox News broke the story or about how conservatively radical the folks at The American Tradition Institute truly are. 

The idea that a government employee would be personally profiting to the  tunes of millions over his taxpayer funded advocacy of an issue sourced in pseudoscience simply can’t be delved into.

Doesn’t fit the meme.

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