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Nov. 09, 2011

Climate Conspiracy Theory 3: Scientists only in it for the money

by Neil Wagner

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“There are a substantial number of scientists who have manipulated data so that they will have dollars rolling into their projects.”
Texas governor Rick Perry
“The best way to get grant money nowadays is to try to draw from a torrent of global warming money. I would say that the first rule of grant application writing today is ‘include climate change in your study’. ”
ClimateSkeptic.com
Climate scientists are “whoring themselves out for money.”
Rush Limbaugh
In our third installment of Climate Change Conspiracy Theory Week, we take on the greedy climate scientists who tell us our planet is warming just so they can continue their lifestyle of lavish parties, reality show franchises and tricked-out Hummer stretch limos.
Actually, you’ll have a hard time finding those scientists. As Ray Pierre Ph.D. says:
“Money and perks! Hahahaha. How in the world did I miss out on those when I was a lead author for the Third Assessment report? Working on IPCC is a major drain on ones’ time, and probably detracts from getting out papers that would help to get grants (not that we make money off of grants either, since those of us at national labs and universities are not paid salary out of grants for the most part.) We do it because it’s work that has to be done. It’s grueling and demanding, and not that much fun, and I can assure everybody that there is no remuneration involved…”
But let’s say for a moment that money is, in fact, a motivator for climate scientists’ work. If deniers don’t trust the intentions of climate scientists, shouldn’t they also distrust oppositional research that is driven by profit? Here are few fun facts about a lot of the research that refutes man made climate change:
  • Forty of these groups are funded by Exxon Mobil
  • Nine of the top ten authors of climate change denial papers have ties to Exxon Mobil
  • Exxon Mobil has spent nearly $16 million to fund skeptic groups
With $10.33 billion in third-quarter net income, one might theorize ExxonMobil would have some motivation to keep a good thing going and shut down the drive to reduce fossil fuel use.
Billions of dollars vs. thousands. How about this: let’s leave money out of the discussion and just stick to real science.
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Check out this week’s other NEW Climate Change Conspiracy Theory Cartoons here at Science Friday and at Huffington Post:
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