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  • $541,000 in Stimulus Money Creates 1.62 Jobs and a Climate Scandal

    Penn State University professor Michael Mann, creator of the infamous hockey stick curve and one of the climate scientists under attack in Climategate, is not only warning people of catastrophic global warming, but he’s using tax dollars to stimulate the economy at the same time:

    “Climategate scientist Michael Mann received a $541,000 National Science Foundation grant under the stimulus bill passed by Congress in February. According to the government’s transparency website on stimulus spending, the grant has generated 1.62 jobs and is less than 50 percent complete (that’s $334,000 per job).”

    Increased skepticism is evolving into full-fledged investigation. Mann is currently under investigation by Penn State University. Our friends at The Commonwealth Foundation in Pennsylvania have more on this.

    Phil Jones, the head scientist at University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit (the organization where the leaked emails came from) stepped down. The evolution of Climategate occurred well before the $541,000 grant took effect. But it does show how profoundly wasteful the stimulus spending has been as well as something P Diddy has been saying for years: It’s all about the Benjamins:

    “Consider the case of Phil Jones, the director of the CRU and the man at the heart of climategate. According to one of the documents hacked from his center, between 2000 and 2006 Mr. Jones was the recipient (or co-recipient) of some $19 million worth of research grants, a sixfold increase over what he’d been awarded in the 1990s. Why did the money pour in so quickly? Because the climate alarm kept ringing so loudly: The louder the alarm, the greater the sums. And who better to ring it than people like Mr. Jones, one of its likeliest beneficiaries?”

    And it doesn’t stop at global warming research, you can follow money when it comes to energy investments. John Broder’s piece in the The New York Times details how Al Gore’s financial profit is tied to his global warming alarmism and push for renewable energy. Gore’s venture capital firm invested in Silver Spring Networks, a company that makes hardware and software to improve efficiency in the nation’s electricity grid.

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    25 Responses to $541,000 in Stimulus Money Creates 1.62 Jobs and a Climate Scandal

    1. Brad says:

      I'm sorry. How do you create a fraction of a job? If the funds provided enough money to maintain a position that would not have been created otherwise, you should just count that as another full job the money created (it would not have been created without the stimulus money). You might be able to justify calling a half-time job .5 jobs created, but you could also call it a full job (which would be something to note, but not protest). I thought the president didn't like people making more than $250,000. Congress probably wanted to make sure they can get more of the funds they dispersed back through taxes, since taxes won't increase for anyone making less than $250,000. Oh, wait… That was another campaign promise. The president has such a great track record of keeping those campaign promises, I'm sure he'll keep this one, too.

    2. Al Wunsch, Fl says:

      It's bad enough that we cannot count on our congress or administration to be credible and transparent but it is unacceptable and scandalous that a "scientist" jeopardize his work in the interest of an ideology he believes in. If the data points don't support the prediction curve, then something is wrong. While you can throw out occasional extraneaous points, you cannot fudge data because you are convinced you are right. Now we cannot accept the word and work of a scientist, especially in the universities.

    3. Jaffee Gaffer, Salt says:

      Hey, I'm trying to start a company. I'll expect my $500,000 stimulus check in the mail this week. Oh, but I'm a Republican, so maybe they don't want to stimulate me.

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    5. Max Texas says:

      Corruption in our government runs so deep right now it defies all belief. The only group in America that doesn't currently have representation in Washington is the US taxpayer. I think most of America is waking up to the fact that the entire climate change is a scam for money and power.

    6. Rick Sharp, Ca. says:

      I think this has something to do with Manns math. One real job using some kind of metric conversion turns into 1.62 jobs.

    7. John A. Jauregui says:

      Are you angry about this obvious RICO Act fraud and the national media's complicity in the cover-up, misinformation, reframing and misdirection of the issue and the related “carbon derivatives” market Obama’s Administration is spinning up? Take responsibility and take action. STOP all donations to the political party(s) responsible for this fraud. STOP donations to all environmental groups which funded this Global Warming propaganda campaign with our money, especially The Environmental Defense Fund. They have violated the public trust. KEEP donations local, close to home. MAKE donations to Oklahoma’s Senator Inhofe, the only politician to stand firmly against this obvious government/media coordinated information operation (propaganda) targeted at its own people. People that government leaders and employees are sworn to protect. WRITE your state and federal representatives demanding wall to wall investigations of government sponsored propaganda campaigns and demand indictments of those responsible. WRITE your state and federal Attorneys General demanding Al Gore and others conducting Global Warming/Climate Change racketeering and mail fraud operations be brought to justice, indicted, tried, convicted and jailed. Carbon is the stuff of life. He (Obama) who controls carbon, especially CO2, controls the world. Think of the consequences if you do nothing! For one, the UK is becoming the poster child for George Orwell’s “1984” and the US government’s sponsorship of this worldwide Global Warming propaganda campaign puts it in a class with the failed Soviet Union’s relentless violation of the basic human right to truthful government generated information. Given ClimateGate’s burgeoning revelations of outrageous government misconduct and massive covert misinformation, what are the chances that this Administration’s National Health Care sales campaign is anywhere near the truth?


    8. Jeanne Stotler, Wood says:

      This is not the only fraud being imposed, today's Washington Post had an article about the WHO making a deal with big Pharma Cos. in regard to H1N1, so far this morning there hae been 3 ads on about getting the shots. Let's face it Americans on a whole are very guiable and can be lead to do anything the Gov't. wants them to do, the TV co's, (NOT FOX) are all used to give out sublingual messages and like sheep they follow. It's time for everyone to become responsible for their own actions and to THINK for themselves. This last Pres.election proved that most just follow the piper, in this case Obama.

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    10. Lloyd Scallan - New says:

      The more this farce is allowed to continue, the more discouraged I become at many of the people that respond on this site. What will it take to make those understand Obama is flat-out lying everytime he opens his mouth? People, wake up! We are at WAR with out own government. Mann's $541,000 stimulus grant is just another pay-off for those that are in full compliance with Obama's plan to distroy our ecomony thus making it possible for him to declare a "crises" then forcing this country into socialism.

    11. BobPDX says:

      Lloyd is right about Obama's lieing.

      He has to lie and lie big to get his central planning scheme off the ground.

      The amazing thing to me is that it always comes down to the money.

      Copenhagen showed that everyone there had their hands out for the money, our money.

      They couldn't care less about climate change. They want the money.

      The tide has changed, American's are now fully aware of Obamas comprehensive plan to destroy our great nation…and he is failing miserably.

      We all still have a lot of work to do here, but he is done, finished.

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    14. Perry, OK says:

      The sky is falling, the sky is falling. Ob and all the lemmings are trying to carry us away.

      Buck up America, we the people allowed this to occurs. Now we must suffer for our lost souls and persevere. Remember 3 more years, don't let ANYONE forget what is happening NOW.

      Ob has a little over 400 billion of tarp left and will use it better in 2011 and 12. REMEMBER!!!

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    21. Drew Page, IL says:

      This half a million dollar grant is yet one more example of the government waste contained in the Stimulus bill put out by a Democrat majority in Congress and signed by Obama. This one example is bad enough, but in reality this kind of waste goes on thousands of times every year and is very eldom reported.

      We have in power today in this country the most corrupt and deceitful group of individuals ever assembled in the history of the republic. The examples of their correption and deciet are so numerous,so blatent and so shameful there is no need to repeat them here in this response.

      I am not upset about Mr. Obama's countless broken campaign promises, because I didn't believe them when they were first made. Based on his inexperience in governing, his very limited time in the U.S Senate, his limited time in the Illinois legislature, his past associations with the Daley machine, Reverend Wright and Bill Ayres I could not believe that this man had the capability or the integrity to make a good chief executive.

      Now that President Obama has revealed himself for who he really is, I can see how dishonest his campaign promises really were. This man had no intention of governing from the center.

      Mr. Obama wants to turn this country into a socialistic one, modeled after European socialism. His actions show that he wants the American people to give up as many of their freedoms as possible to the government and have the government be responsible for meeting the needs of all the people. He won't admit this and it wouldn't matter if he denied it. This man has lied, mislead and deceived the people (all for their own good of course) from day one.

      Mr. Obama has bought the support of his liberal cronies in Congress, allowing them to waste untold billions and trillions of taxpayer money and enrich themselves by doing so.

      The nakedness of the corruption of so many members of the House and Senate is indicative of their arrogance. They don't give a damn if you are angry. Just who in the hell do you think you are to question them? When Senators and Representatives openly and aggressively insult and denigrate constituents who gather publically to express outrage over the government's efforts to force national health care on us; over government bailouts and the failure of their President, their Senators and Representatives to even read the legislation they propose to make law — the arrogance of which I speak becomes as apparent as their corruption.

      There is only one way out of this mess and that's to vote every one of these crooked and arrogant people out of office at the very first opportunity.

    22. Choey, Iowa says:

      It's not at all difficult to create a fraction of a job. Early in my career there were several times where part of my work was paid for by one project and part by another project. As I climbed the ladder, this became rarer.

      The outrage here is that Mann got any funding at all. The fact that he is being investigated for fraud by Penn (foxes investigating the chicken coops) should have disqualified him from any further funding until the matter was resolved.

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