Follow The Money
- From: Matthew Scott <scott.m@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 02 Aug 2011 06:55:15 -0700
A basic tenet of attempting to ferret out the motives behind *any* 'movement' is "follow the money".
The planet's atmosphere traps far less heat than any of the most frequently cited models presumed. Let's follow the money.
An example of the basic tenet was provided in this fascinating essay excerpt from an article by Dr. William Happer, a noted physics professor of Princeton University. [Entire article avail @ http://www.firstthings.com/article/2011/05/the-truth-about-greenhouse-gases ]
"A major problem has been the co-opting of climate science by politics, ambition, greed, and what seems to be a hereditary human need for a righteous cause. What better cause than saving the planet? Especially if one can get ample, secure funding at the same time? Huge amounts of money are available from governments and wealthy foundations for climate institutes and for climate-related research."
"Funding for climate studies is second only to funding for biological sciences. Large academic empires, prizes, elections to honorary societies, fellowships, and other perquisites go to those researchers whose results may help “save the planet.” Every day we read about some real or contrived environmental or ecological effect “proven” to arise from global warming. The total of such claimed effects now runs in the hundreds, all the alleged result of an unexceptional century-long warming of less than 1 degree Celsius. Government subsidies, loan guarantees, and captive customers go to green companies. Carbon-tax revenues flow to governments. As the great Russian poet Pushkin said in his novella Dubrovsky, 'If there happens to be a trough, there will be pigs.' Any doubt about apocalyptic climate scenarios could remove many troughs."
William Happer is the Cyrus Fogg Brackett Professor of Physics at Princeton University.
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