Real Climate November 20, 2009, The CRU hack:
More interesting is what is not contained in the emails. There is no evidence of any worldwide conspiracy, no mention of George Soros nefariously funding climate research, no grand plan to ‘get rid of the MWP’, no admission that global warming is a hoax, no evidence of the falsifying of data, and no ‘marching orders’ from our socialist/communist/vegetarian overlords. The truly paranoid will put this down to the hackers also being in on the plot though.
How interesting. Never mind the dubious veracity of most of that…nobody reporting on Climategate had even mentioned George Soros…. but now that they’ve mentioned it:
Daily Tech: September 2007, Update: NASA, James Hansen, and the Politicization of Science
In 2006, Hansen accused the Bush Administration of attempting to censor him. The issue stemmed from an email sent by a 23-year old NASA public affairs intern. It warned Hansen over repeated violations of NASA’s official press policy, which requires the agency be notified prior to interviews. Hansen claimed he was being “silenced,” despite delivering over 1,400 interviews in recent years, including 15 the very month he made the claim. While he admits to violating the NASA press policy, Hansen states he had a “constitutional right” to grant interviews. Hansen then began a barrage of public appearances on TV, radio and in lecture halls decrying the politicization of climate science.
Turns out he was right. Science was being politicized. By him.
A report revealed just this week, shows the ‘Open Society Institute’ funded Hansen to the tune of $720,000, carefully orchestrating his entire media campaign. OSI, a political group which spent $74 million in 2006 to “shape public policy,” is funded by billionaire George Soros, the largest backer of Kerry’s 2004 Presidential Campaign. Soros, who once declared that “removing Bush from office was the “central focus” of his life, has also given tens of millions of dollars to MoveOn.Org and other political action groups.
Certainly Soros has a right to spend his own money. But NASA officials have a responsibility to accurate, unbiased, nonpartisan science. For Hansen to secretly receive a large check from Soros, then begin making unsubstantiated claims about administrative influence on climate science is more than suspicious — it’s a clear conflict of interest.
Hat tip: Jackstraw
Another Soros link is Fenton Communications:
…a left wing PR operation that promoted the Alar scare and other bogus health scares, and are the people who created the infamous “General Betray Us” ad attacking General Petraeus.
Real Climate, is a Fenton operation.
Among many other Democrat front groups as their clients, is MoveOn.org.
In fact, the same names listed for ‘Real Voices’, Fitzgibbon and Mulkey, show up on countless Moveon.org press releases, such as this and this and this.
But Fitzgibbon, Mulkey and Fenton Communications don’t stop there. They are also behind ‘Win Without War‘ which is another front group for Moveon.org.
So, like ‘Win Without War,’ the group calling itself ‘Real Voices’ is almost certainly just another Moveon front. Which means that the ‘real voice’ you hear is that of the billionaire Bush—hating megalomaniacal crackpot, George Soros.
FrontPageMagazine has a good profile of the uber-radical David Fenton, here.
A pertinent tidbit:
The radical Left owes a great debt of gratitude to David Fenton. He has mixed Neo-Marxist ideology with junk science, trial lawyers, labor, progressive millionaires, politicians, and radical policy wonks to construct a complex, moneymaking left-wing advocacy empire. Fenton Communications reported billing $6 million dollars in 2002, and will likely make much more this year with high profile clients like The Heinz Family Foundation, the aforementioned Open Society Institute and Moveon.org.
A complete list of Fenton Communication’s clients, here. (pdf: page 5). A veritable who’s who of left wing organizations.
According to Fenton’s own website,
For the past few years, Fenton Communications has worked with the United Nations Foundation on a number of their global initiatives to meet the most pressing health and environmental challenges of the 21st century.
Fenton helped publicize and cultivate speakers for the UN Foundation’s briefing at the United Nations to explore following the implementation of the Kyoto Protocol, which brought together leaders in the political, scientific and diplomatic communities to find common ground on the crucial issue of global warming. Among the speakers we helped to secure was Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE).
People like Steve McIntyre, Anthony Watts, Lord Monckton, and Chris Horner have been fighting this Leftwing environmental onslaught for years, and the tide may be beginning to turn in their favor…but is it too late?
Roger L. Simon has started a Climategate Facebook page, if you’re on Facebook, you can join here.
Viscount Monckton on Climategate: ‘They Are Criminals’ (PJM Exclusive);
What have the mainstream news media said about the Climategate affair? Remarkably little. The few who have brought themselves to comment, through gritted teeth, have said that all of this is a storm in a teacup, and that their friends in the University of East Anglia and elsewhere in the climatological community are good people, really.
No, they’re not. They’re criminals. With Professor Fred Singer, who founded the U.S. Satellite Weather Service, I have reported them to the UK’s Information Commissioner, with a request that he investigate their offenses and, if thought fit, prosecute. But I won’t be holding my breath: In the police state that Britain has now sadly become, with supine news media largely owned and controlled by the government, the establishment tends to look after its own.
In his strongest statement to date, Monckton said Saturday on the Alex Jones Show:
Monckton said that those who are threatening to shut down economies, bankrupt nations, and deepen the problems of the third world by implementing draconian policies in the name of global warming should be indicted, prosecuted and imprisoned “for a very long time”.
“The fraudsters and racketeers from Al Gore to the people at the University of East Anglia who have been making their fortune at the expense of taxpayers and the little guy,” should be criminally charged, said Monckton, in response to the climategate scandal.
FYI: Another nefarious one-worlder committed to a “new world order” through junk science is Maurice Strong, of Oil For Food scandal fame.
MORE on Fenton:
Get a load of this from October 2008:
On October 30th, the Steven Kasher Gallery in Chelsea will open the exhibition David Fenton: Eye of the Revolution, a look back at Yippies, Black Panthers, Be-Ins, Weathermen, the Chicago 7, tear gas, protests, and the years that changed America forever. In conjunction with the exhibition, on November 8th the gallery will host a panel discussion on the legacy of the 1960s, good and bad, with SDS Founder Tom Hayden, former SDS leader Bernadine Dohrn, former Black Panther Jamal Joseph and photographer David Fenton. Moderated by Josh Marshall, Editor and Publisher of Talking Points Memo. 3:30-6 pm.
Still in his teens in the late 60s, underground news photographer David Fenton–now CEO of a major public interest communications firm–photographed the passionate street protests and calculated mass media tactics that still shape U.S. politics and culture today. His photos appeared in anti-war and counter-cultural publications around the world, as well as in The New York Times, Life, Look, Newsweek and many others.
Fenton possessed both a police press pass and behind-the-scenes access to the leaders and celebrities of the era. David Fenton: Eye of the Revolution will feature over 75 photographs, including rare vintage prints. Join Fenton on a countercultural journey from Washington, D.C. to New York City, Oakland and Chicago with stops at Columbia, Yale and Berkeley looking at Civil Rights, the Peace Movement, Black Power, Women’s Liberation, Gay Rights, Hippies, Police Riots, Yippies. Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, Bobby Seale, Huey P. Newton, Allen Ginsberg, John and Yoko, Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, Weathermen Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, and the pig who ran for President.
Since his employment at Liberation News Service, Fenton’s protest-driven view of the world has evolved into Fenton Communications, the nation’s largest progressive communications firm. With clients including MoveOn.org and Nelson Mandela, he is still pushing for change in the tradition of 40 years ago.
Editors note: I changed the title from “The Nefarious Funder Of Climate Research” to “The Nefarious Cabal Behind Climate Research” to reflect the changes in the post due to updates. For some reason, WordPress wouldn’t allow me to use <strike> in the title, even though I’ve done it before.
Via Ed Morrissy, Hot Air: Oddly enough, the University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit now admits they threw out the raw data on which much of their theories on anthropogenic global warming are based.
“The AGW movement has been exposed as a religious belief and a political cash cow, not science”.
And I would add, a means to an end.