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April 16, 2007

The Global Warming Money Trail

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.

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Hoaxer James Hansen spots a pot of gold.

On a tip from V the K.

Posted by Van Helsing at April 16, 2007 9:14 AM

Comments

Another hilarious global warming article--apparently based on a gloom and doom report. Supposedly we will all go to war thanks to global warming.

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/W/WARMING_SECURITY?SITE=MAFAL&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

Posted by: Anonymous at April 16, 2007 9:53 AM

>>>...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.

Friends, EVERYBODY knows that the Emperor has no clothes, the real problem is that the NUDE is an EMPEROR!

(I thought of that one many years ago and I finally got to use it!)

Posted by: KHarn at April 16, 2007 10:18 AM

I was wondering when they would link global warming to the Iraq War.

According to the article that Anon linked we will soon be at war with Canada and Mexico so we will need the troops in Iraq to invade our neighbors instead.

What a bunch of wackos!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Freedom Now at April 16, 2007 12:05 PM

hhmm

Posted by: Anonymous at April 16, 2007 2:26 PM

What is the downside of trying to do something about global warming?

Is it the expectec leaps and bounds in technology and innovation that has your panties in a bunch?

Posted by: Robert at April 16, 2007 3:00 PM

What is the downside of trying to do something about global warming?

Because it's a non-crisis and therefore a waste of money and effort that could be used to address real problems. As Bjorn Lundberg points out, for a fraction of the cost of Kyoto implementation, we could provide clean drinking water for two billion people. To spend such resources so that rich environmentalist idiots can feel better about themselves is a crime against the poor.

Besides which, the environmental moonbats aren't approaching it is an engineering problem to be solved. They are approaching, in the worlds of Al Gore, as a "moral" issue. They are a cult, and they are using their beliefs to force the government to enforce their morality on people by depriving people of economic choices. i.e. SUV's, incandescant lightbulbs, air travel, and that's just the beginning. This isn't about technological innovation, this is about controlling people's lives.

Posted by: V the K at April 16, 2007 3:57 PM

No one who complains about "global warming" really WANTS a solution Robert, all they want is a CAUSE. But since you brought it up, just what PRACTICAL technicological inovations are the moonbats working on or implimenting?
The truth is that they have been conditioned to HATE technology because it "causes polution". These are the same doofuses who praise primitive (And disease-ridden) people for "being in harmony with nature"!

Posted by: KHarn at April 16, 2007 4:13 PM

Amazing! Hoaxer Hansen really does look like he's seen that proverbial "pot of gold at the end of the rainbow!"

Posted by: jc14 at April 16, 2007 5:42 PM

Right on, KHarn. The Gaiaists aren't looking for "technological solutions" they are proposing massive government control over individual lives and a massive transfer of wealth into the pockets of "Global Warming Activists," all in the name of fighting ManBearPig; a non-existent threat that humans have little or no control over anyway.

Stop Global Warming? You might as well try and stop Continental Drift.

Posted by: V the K at April 17, 2007 5:01 AM