Feb 2, 2007

Bush-linked Thinktank Bribes Scientists to Deny Global Warming


Today, a major global warming report is to be released by the UN's International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The IPCC is the respected authority on climate change and their latest report is considered "a comprehensive and authoritative mainstream scientific assessment of climate change." Further, the report,
"is expected to stress, more convincingly than ever before, that our planet is already warming due to human actions, and that 'business as usual' would lead to unacceptable risks, underscoring the urgent need for concerted international action to reduce the worst impacts of climate change. However, yet again, there will be a vocal minority with their own agendas who will try to suggest otherwise."
One of those vocal minority who will suggest otherwise has apparent links to the White House. No surprise that the Bush administration, with probably the worst environmental record in history, is unfriendly to anything that thwarts its pro-business, let-the-ozone-be-damned policies. But now, it seems, they are desperate to undermine the global warming findings.

A lobbying group, known as the American Enterprise Institute (the AEI), offered $10,000 to any scientist willing to publish articles critical of the IPCC climate change report (with travel and other expenses kicked in as well). The AEI is an ExxonMobil thinktank with transparent relations to the Bush administration--or worse, as Ben Stewart of Greenpeace asserts,
"The AEI is more than just a thinktank, it functions as the Bush administration's intellectual Cosa Nostra. They are White House surrogates in the last throes of their campaign of climate change denial. They lost on the science; they lost on the moral case for action. All they've got left is a suitcase full of cash."
How do scientists feel about these offers of cash to publish doubts about the "overwhelming evidence" of man's effect on global warming? Some are biting, others recognize that do so would be to play politics. I call it accepting bribes and consider any scientist who would take the AEI up on their offer a prostitute who is unworthy of their academic credentials.

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