Climate change profits of doom are in it for the money. Their passion is for the taxpayer dollars the government has lavished on them in the billions, all to the exclusion of real science. Not only has the government under Barack Obama made university research units dependent on government checks, little different from other welfare recipients, the money has been used to set an agenda that predetermines the “scientific” conclusions that are to reached. Basically, the government can order up whatever it wants, and under Obama the government wants what it has gotten, masses of people who believe they are all going the fry as the earth dies.
Of course, none of that is going to happen. But no matter, it’s not a dead earth that is actually desired, only the belief that it’s probable unless…you guessed it, more power and tax dollars are given to government apparatchiks to engineer the sort of society they want, that will continue to benefit and enrich them.
But the tide may be changing. There is a debate now between two futures for government funding of climate change. One side wants the $2.5 billion currently given in research grants to be distributed more equally among true believers and skeptics. Others say that is the wrong approach and the funding should simply be cut by 80-90%. Of course, there is also a third side and that would be the climate alarmists who don’t want any changes at all. They want to keep the gravy train going.
I’m with the cut side (but let’s make that 100%) because I think government grants will always spoil the science and lead to funding of an esoteric political agenda. That is clearly what has happened in the global cooling/global warming/climate change boondoggle. I don’t believe Jonas Salk ever got any government money and that didn’t prevent him from finding a vaccine for polio. I don’t believe government money was necessary to discover insulin, penicillin or to wipe out smallpox. Norman Borlaug saved a billion lives around the world from starvation by discovering the green revolution without any money from the U.S. Treasury. New advances in medicine and new treatments for cancer are largely financed by charitable organizaions such as the Lukemia Foundation which has overseen childhood lukemia life expectancy extended dramatically because of research it has funded. Unlike government, charities can oversee how their money is spent and shut it off if it isn’t being spent wisely. True charities want to see results, not political agendas.
James Varney of RealClearInvestigations at Skeptical Climate Scientists Coming in From the Cold, asked Richard Lindzen, the Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Meteorology at MIT and a member of the National Academy of Sciences who has long questioned climate change orthodoxy, if he thinks a sunnier outlook is upon us. Here is his answer:
“I actually doubt that,” he said. Even if some of the roughly $2.5 billion in taxpayer dollars currently spent on climate research across 13 different federal agencies now shifts to scientists less invested in the calamitous narrative, Lindzen believes groupthink has so corrupted the field that funding should be sharply curtailed rather than redirected.
“They should probably cut the funding by 80 to 90 percent until the field cleans up,” he said. “Climate science has been set back two generations, and they have destroyed its intellectual foundations.”
The field is cluttered with entrenched figures who must toe the established line, he said, pointing to a recent congressional report that found the Obama administration got a top Department of Energy scientist fired and generally intimidated the staff to conform with its politicized position on climate change.
“Remember this was a tiny field, a backwater, and then suddenly you increased the funding to billions and everyone got into it,” Lindzen said. “Even in 1990 no one at MIT called themselves a ‘climate scientist,’ and then all of a sudden everyone was. They only entered it because of the bucks; they realized it was a gravy train. You have to get it back to the people who only care about the science.”
The ugliness that currently exists between the alarmists the skeptics won’t go away, it’s too deeply entrenced on the alarmist side. Prophets of doom have always found their way to the easy money. We can’t expect them to suddenly become nice guys after their money spigot is turned off. As for the Millennials who have sucked this rot up into their very souls, we should be generous and give them free crying towels.