Anyone for $10,000?

That is the amount scientists and economists have been offered each by the American Enterprise Unit (AEI) to undermine the IPCC report on climate Change. Travel expenses and extras are extra. The AEI is funded by Exxon-Mobil to the tune of more than $1.6 million. David Viner of the Climatic Research Unit at East Anglia University commented: “It’s a desperate attempt by an organisation who wants to distort science for their own political aims. The IPCC process is probably the most thorough and open review undertaken in any discipline”. See the Guardian report.

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21 Responses to Anyone for $10,000?

  1. matt says:

    Anything to protect their black gold. Maybe someone should up the stakes a little … and put a $10,000 bounty on each AEI member’s head. Just for the hell of it.

  2. Pete Smith says:

    I’ve just left AEI’s web site at http://www.aei.org.
    They are, I’m afraid, completely bonkers. Either that or the whole thing has been dreamt up by Armando Ianucci as a satire on neo-con ‘thinking’. Examples of their insight include:
    “The Wal-Mart Revolution: How Big-Box Stores Benefit Consumers, Workers, and the Economy”
    “Choosing Victory: A Plan for Success in Iraq” (apparently, “Victory is still an option”)
    and last but not least
    “A New Direction for Bush Administration Climate Policy”, which can be summarised in two words, “Kyoto Sucks”.
    I searched for, but did not find, an article saying the Earth is flat and the Sun revolves around it.

  3. matt says:

    I was on my way to a little corner store the other day called Sainsburys & noticed one of those big-box stores was getting fitted out for Argos. I got quite excited and then realised how very naughty that was. Now I feel a little better ’cause obviously I’ve been infected by the AEI virus. It’s not my fault. It’s someone elses … yah!

  4. Pete Smith says:

    You can find the light side of anything Matt.

  5. matt says:

    If I didn’t I’d end up sitting on a bar stool in me local 11am sharpish each day …. probably ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. earthpal says:

    The AEI trying to buy off scientists? No surprises there then. A diabolical but not untypical move by the group!

    I like what Ben Stewart of Greenpeace said. Spot on!

    From the Guardian article:

    “Ben Stewart of Greenpeace said: “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.”

  7. Pete Smith says:

    I think the comparison with the Cosa Nostra is a bit unfair. At least the Mafia have principles.

  8. Pete Smith says:

    Actually, $10,000 isn’t really all that much, is it? Anyone who signs up will be flying in the face of the plainly obvious, and the wheels will fall off their academic career big time. The only people I can see being attracted by that kind of small change will be small-time and desperate.

  9. matt says:

    According to one writer on the AEI website solving ‘global warming’ is ‘simple’. All it requires is a ‘carbon tax’ & apparently we don’t even need economists to implement this tax. No only that, the writer thinks no international agreement would be needed as countries will fall over themselves to implement such a tax.

    Hmmm, I thought free market advocates were the first to point out that such unilaterally imposed taxes gave an unfair advantage to those countries/companies that didn’t impose a tax, carbon or otherwise.

    This is the article; http://www.aei.org./publications/pubID.25564,filter.all/pub_detail.asp

    The AEI is obviously full-o-shit. Trouble is, it was their idea to have a ‘surge’ of US troops go into Iraq. Their policies KILL. It’s as ‘simple’ as that.

  10. Pete Smith says:

    If I didnโ€™t Iโ€™d end up sitting on a bar stool in me local 11am sharpish each day โ€ฆ. probably

    Sounds reasonable. You don’t have to have a drink of course ๐Ÿ˜Ž

  11. matt says:

    Not even a glass of milk!

  12. inel says:

    Matt, you could always topple off the bar stool occasionally for added entertainment value ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I just read this AEI econospeak about a carbon tax:

    More to the point, it would produce a big chunk of money that could be used for other things. Anyone for balancing the budget? Fixing Social Security for future generations? As a foreign policy side benefit โ€ฆ

    So what’s wrong with ploughing the “big chunk of money” back into renewables, alternative energy sources, providing decent science education for ordinary folk, eh?

    Oh, and imho $10,000 should be paid to each and every one of the scientists who work on climate scienceโ€”it would be their “danger money”! After all, year-in year-out they have to put up with the global WARmingers who want to prevent our success on the climate front at any cost.

  13. matt says:

    *bump* ๐Ÿ™‚

    AEI, the Bush family & their drinking buddies … what a bunch of arseholes. I mean really, how is it that these people end up running the world. They’re prats. Bonkers. And that article we quote from inel isn’t even well thought through. Trouble is their power & influence is really scary.

    Oh, and so good looking;

  14. keithsc says:

    Did you see in the Guardian article that David Bellamy has been lined up by another Exxon funded group to argue against the IPCC report. The Wilkipedia article on him seems quite balanced at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Bellamy

  15. matt says:

    David Bellamy has apparently joined this group who believe CC is not man made; http://www.climatescience.org.nz/

  16. Pete Smith says:

    It doesn’t surprise me that ‘Professor’ David Bellamy has found another climate change bandwagon to jump on. He just can’t help himself, in spite of the embarrassment he causes both himself and everyone who has fond but fading memories of his wildlife programs on kids’ TV.

    This is the man who famously wrote a letter to New Scientist asserting that 89% of all glaciers are advancing not retreating. This claim, never formally withdrawn, was subsequently shown to be a typing error. See George Monbiot’s excellent hatchet job at http://www.guardian.co.uk/guardianweekly/story/0,,1487648,00.html

    I’m actually a bit surprised Bellamy keeps getting signed up for IPCC bashing, even by people who are obviously deranged. He holds three professorships, two of them honourary, but the closest they get to any subject that relates to climate change is botany.

  17. keithsc says:

    I’ve just had a look at our previous site and the last entry on there was relevant to this posting but is unfortunately a bit late to do anything about now:

    Anonymous said…

    Hello,

    I have an urgent call to action for our UK blogging, media and activist friends.

    There is a Canadian Exxon-funded think tank readying to launch an attack on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report on Monday, Feb. 5th at 10am at the Atrium Restaurant (across from the Houses of Parliament, Four Millbank, Westminster.

    Here’s the info, with backgrounders on the group, we need people down there to get out the message about who these guys really are.

    http://www.desmogblog.com/fraser-institute-ipcc-london-report

    I’m stuck halfway around the world and cannot attend. If even just 5 people to print off copies of the briefing note I have prepared and be there to hand it out to meeting — anybody can go. And, trust me, you will really be making a difference.

    Here’s a PDF of the briefing note: http://www.desmogblog.com/sites/beta.desmogblog.com/files/DeSmogBlog%20note%20on%20the%20fraser%20institute.pdf

    Contact me at kevin@desmogblog.com if you want more information.

    Best regards,

    Kevin@desmogblog.com

    11:17 PM

  18. matt says:

    Yes, I had that come into my email box as well. It has been doing the rounds. It’s now old anyway as they were calling for people to mobilise for Feb 5th. Have to say it looked like spam to me. ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. inel says:

    Hi matt and keithsc,

    desmogblog could be very useful to you. Read their About Us. This blog has been recommended to me, along with RealClimate for climate scientists’ responses to developing stories.

    So, if you see anything from desmogblog or realclimate, please think twice before dismissing it as spam ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. matt says:

    inel,

    Many thanks for bringing these links back to my attention. I’ve had a quick look & will definitely be linking these sites & visiting them. They show the battle on the ground over in the US which is very useful. ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. inel says:

    I like tamino for climate change and global warming discussions, matt. His site is Open Mind and he is courteous, thoughtful and thought-provoking. Actually, his recent post on Uncivil War is worth reading to see how people of all ilks are discussing what to do about the climate change debate in America. tamino is great at explaining the science in detail, and he links to another science site that I have only just begun tracking: that’s Rabett Run by Eli. These guys are real experts. The good news is that more people in America are recognising climate change as a serious problem. Next step is tackling it!

    Brits and Canadians definitely need to help raise Americans’ awareness of climate change as in this Letter to America new initiative I read about on Global Cool. When you read this you’ll begin to understand why!

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