View Full Version : Perhaps a conspiracy is unnecessary where a carrot will suffice

12-09-09, 06:48 AM
From http://wattsupwiththat.com/2009/12/07/americans-belief-of-global-warming-sinking-below-50-for-the-first-time-in-2-years/#comments

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Paul Vaughan <SMALL>(07:53:54)</SMALL> :

norris hall (05:10:11) “[...] it is possible that this is just a big conspiracy by climate scientist around the world to boost their cause and make themselves more important. Though I find it hard to believe that thousands of scientists [...] all agreed to promote bogus science. [...] Pretty hard to do without being discovered.”
Actually not so hard.
Personal anecdote:
Last spring when I was shopping around for a new source of funding, after having my funding slashed to zero 15 days after going public with a finding about natural climate variations, I kept running into funding application instructions of the following variety:
Successful candidates will:
1) Demonstrate AGW.
2) Demonstrate the catastrophic consequences of AGW.
3) Explore policy implications stemming from 1 & 2.

Follow the money — perhaps a conspiracy is unnecessary where a carrot will suffice.

Opposing toxic pollution is not synonymous with supporting AGW.

If indeed this is true - then this puts the relative funding levels into a completely different light ($70B+ by the US government in 20 years, many more billions elsewhere).

After all, you get what you pay for.