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Friday, January 15, 2010

Climategate Stimulus Grant Covered by Fox, Limbaugh, Many Others

Our press release revealing that over half a million dollars in federal stimulus money is funding the work of a key Climategate scientist, Penn State's Michael Mann, has been receiving a lot of attention.

Stuart Varney of the Fox Business Channel interviews Tom Borelli, director of the National Center for Public Policy Research's Free Enterprise Project

Rush Limbaugh reads and comments upon our press release about a half hour into his show

Here's how the story was covered on Rush Limbaugh.com:
Story #3: Climate Hoaxer Mann Gets Porkulus Slush Fund Grant

RUSH: From the National Center for Public Policy Research: "In the face of rising unemployment and record-breaking deficits, policy experts at the National Center for Public Policy Research are criticizing the Obama Administration for awarding a half million dollar grant from the economic stimulus package to Penn State Professor Michael Mann, a key figure in the Climategate controversy." Michael Mann is one of the guys doctoring all the data at the Hadley Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia in the UK. You was one of the guys "hiding the decline" in global temperatures. He got a half a million dollars in stimulus money -- once again, illustrating that it is a slush fund. It is not an economic stimulus package, and it was never intended to be one except in your mind.
The Washington Examiner covered the story in a "The Daily Outrage: Mann Money" story. The Examiner wants people to call the office of Vice President Joe Biden about this. To find out why, click here.

Noel Sheppard on Newsbusters wrote a post with news about another climate change-related grant Penn State has recently received that is funded with federal stimulus money.

Said Noel:
...Potentially adding insult to injury, Penn State received additional stimulus funds to investigate the impact of climate change last week:
A nearly $1.9 million grant from the National Science Foundation is enabling a Penn State-led group of researchers to continue studies on the potential effects of climate change on the spread of infectious diseases, such as malaria and dengue. The grant is part of federal stimulus funding authorized under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
This grant appears to have nothing to do with Mann's department. However, given the high-profile the university is currently under as a result of his involvement in ClimateGate, it seems absurd that any federal funds involving climate change would be going to this school while it is investigating its chief proponent of this myth.

Maybe more importantly, why are economic stimulus funds being given to a university for scientific research in the first place, especially one with such political overtones?...
Noel concludes:
...I'm sure now that NCPPR has exposed this hypocrisy, press outlets across the fruited plain will be aggressively investigating economic stimulus grants to Mann and others involved in the ClimateGate scandal in order to inform the public about how their tax dollars are being spent.

Of course, I'm not holding my breath.
In a post early Thursday morning, Gateway Pundit provided background information on the hockey stick itself, as well as Climategate, before discussing this grant.

Media Matters attacked us for saying anything about this; according to them, the activities that make up the scandal known as Climategate are business-as-usual, and therefore, not worthy of note. If you say so, guys!

FoxNation covered it here (thanks for telling us about this, Media Matters!).

Frugal Cafe Blog Zone has a funny cartoon illustrating its editorial on this.

Other blogs with coverage included:
ClimateDepot
Tom Nelson
Climategate.com
Greg Pollowitz on NRO's Planet Gore
Frisk a Liberal
Red State
Sweetness and Light
Prison Planet
Minnesotans for Global Warming
Say Anything
Right Side News
Free Republic
Gore Lied
The Black Kettle
Common American Journal
Mayrant and Rave
Bernard's Blog
CongressCheck.com
American Conservative Values
The Layman's Corner
Gathering of Eagles: NY
Liberal Whoppers
Osmoothie
Asheville Tea Party
Tory Ardvaark
MaddMedic
Penraker
Holy Coast
New Research Findings Two
NorCal Blogs
Don On
The Way It Is
Are You Freaking Stupid?
A Clear and Present Danger
Thoughts.com
Doomdaily Newspaper
Musings from the Chiefio
Rainy Skies
Web of Evidence
Right Links
If your blog covered our press release and I missed it, I apologize. I also know that we had a lot of calls and bookings from talk radio shows today, but, regrettably, I don't have a list available at present.

If the mainstream press is covering it, I'm at this point unaware of any examples.


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