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NASA Climate-Change Scientist Accused Of Ethics/Financial Disclosure Violations

June 24, 2011 by  

NASA Climate-Change Scientist Accused Of Ethics/Financial Disclosure Violations

A NASA climate-change scientist has been accused of privately profiting from his taxpayer-funded position.

James Hanson, the scientist in question, once claimed the Administration of President George W. Bush tried to “silence” his global warming claims, according to FoxNews.com.

“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,” the news outlet reported.

“Hansen’s office appears to be somewhat of a rogue operation. It’s clearly a taxpayer-funded global warming advocacy organization,” Chris Horner, a co-founder of The American Tradition Institute, which filed the lawsuit, told Fox News.

Hansen reportedly received more than $1.2 million in gifts, speaking fees, prizes and consulting fees from environmental organizations whose agendas he advocated. “Federal rules prohibit government employees from receiving certain types of income outside their job. Employees are required to file Form 17-60 in writing before any outside activity. And annually, they’re required to submit Form SF 278, after receiving outside compensation,” the article read.

The American Tradition Institute maintains that NASA has never produced these documents, despite repeated requests.

“Should the taxpayer know what’s going on? Should, as FOIA (the Freedom of Information Act) intends, NASA disclose documents to shed light on its operations and its compliance within the law? We say yes. The law says yes. NASA says no,” Horner told the news outlet.

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