April 16, 2007
The Global Warming Money Trail
Posted by Dave Blount at April 16, 2007 9:14 AM
To Newsweek's credit, a recent issue devoted to hyping the global warming hoax included a piece by MIT Professor of Meteorology Richard Lindzen, who refuses to drink the Kool-Aid. Lindzen observes that climate fluctuation is normal, and that warmer weather would be beneficial, not catastrophic. As Jeff Jacoby points out, Newsweek felt compelled to include a disclaimer that Lindzen "receives no funding from any energy companies," thoughtfully inoculating him from the standard claim that anyone who won't pretend to see clothes on the naked Emperor Albert is a shill for Big Oil.
Actually, the shills are on the other side. The global warming hoax may put the screws to the poor and middle class, but its perpetrators are making a mint. The reason unscrupulous scientists are willing to play along is that by hyping it into a crisis, they guarantee themselves fortunes in grant money.
NASA's wild-eyed James Hansen, for example, won a $250,000 Heinz Award in 2001, and last month was co-winner of the $1 million Dan David Prize. As Jacoby notes:
Other awards have gone to other prophets of doom. And the potential rewards don't stop there. For those who toe the politically correct line on global warming, there have been big book contracts, hefty speaking fees, worshipful magazine profiles, softball TV interviews. Should any of that call their objectivity into question?
Nah. They just don't want the poor polar bears to get sweaty.
On a tip from V the K.