The ClimateGate money trail

Posted by: ST on November 30, 2009 at 11:18 pm

For the last few decades, when it’s come to the debate over global warming and whether or not it is “man-made”, alarmists in both the activist community and the mainstream media (but I repeat myself) usually will immediately point to any money tie global warming skeptics have to “big oil” and related industries as if to suggest that a money tie alone is good enough reason to dismiss claims made by “the deniers.” On the other hand, very little attention is paid by our so-called “objective” MSM to the extensive money ties of those who have made pushing the AGW agenda their life’s work.

The Wall Street Journal’s Bret Stephens levels the playing field in a piece he wrote outlining some of the players in the ClimateGate scandal and the dough they’re rolling in – and how it’s pushing the “research” in a pre-determined direction:

But the deeper question is why the scientists behaved this way to begin with, especially since the science behind man-made global warming is said to be firmly settled. To answer the question, it helps to turn the alarmists’ follow-the-money methods right back at them.

Consider the case of Phil Jones, the director of the CRU and the man at the heart of climategate. According to one of the documents hacked from his center, between 2000 and 2006 Mr. Jones was the recipient (or co-recipient) of some $19 million worth of research grants, a sixfold increase over what he’d been awarded in the 1990s.

Why did the money pour in so quickly? Because the climate alarm kept ringing so loudly: The louder the alarm, the greater the sums. And who better to ring it than people like Mr. Jones, one of its likeliest beneficiaries?

Thus, the European Commission’s most recent appropriation for climate research comes to nearly $3 billion, and that’s not counting funds from the EU’s member governments. In the U.S., the House intends to spend $1.3 billion on NASA’s climate efforts, $400 million on NOAA’s, and another $300 million for the National Science Foundation. The states also have a piece of the action, with California—apparently not feeling bankrupt enough—devoting $600 million to their own climate initiative. In Australia, alarmists have their own Department of Climate Change at their funding disposal.

And all this is only a fraction of the $94 billion that HSBC Bank estimates has been spent globally this year on what it calls “green stimulus”—largely ethanol and other alternative energy schemes—of the kind from which Al Gore and his partners at Kleiner Perkins hope to profit handsomely.

Supply, as we know, creates its own demand. So for every additional billion in government-funded grants (or the tens of millions supplied by foundations like the Pew Charitable Trusts), universities, research institutes, advocacy groups and their various spin-offs and dependents have emerged from the woodwork to receive them.

And it’s not just ClimateGate’s scientists who are “in the money.” Fox Business Network’s David Asman wrote a column on the “climate change” money trail back in April 2007 that you should also read and bookmark.

For the latest developments in the ClimateGate scandal, click here and here and keep scrolling.

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11 Responses to “The ClimateGate money trail”


  1. Carlos says:

    But ST, money is only tainted if it comes from skeptics, don’tcha know? Anything responsible governments like the Duh-1 admin gives can’t be tainted, by definition. It’s to establish the unvarnished truth about 1) how evil GB was, 2) how evil the oil companies are and 3) how evil conservatives are (you know, they’re all liars, cheats and charlatans, kinda like the creeps at CRU that we’re not supposed to know about).

    By hacking in and stealing that information the hackers only muddied the waters. The “facts” remain that all global warming is a direct result of man’s existence, and the sooner all men (except the true believers) are gotten rid of the better.

  2. camojack says:

    “Follow the money” is always good advice.

    Albert Gore, Jr. has certainly made a lot of profit off of this Global Warming/Climate Change scam…


  3. bill glass says:

    eventually some of the perps will start to “sing”, and then we’ll have enough to prove that this scandal is absolutely enormous… the pending climate change extortion bill must/will be shot down, and some of the plotters will be exposed for what they are…face it, the payoff for this scheme was going to be in the trillions, so this isn’t just a small academic matter about peer-review.

  4. Lorica says:

    This can’t be possible. Just last year on this very website, someone informed me that there was no real money in global warming sciences. Just a paltry sum, and not much at all. I had to laugh when the next day an article was posted scaring us into believing that we needed to spend 1.5T annually on GW or in 10 years it would all be too late. LOL Now we find out that the world of GW sciences are flush with cash and lying about what is actually happenning, yet the libs still believe. Hey lefties, can you spell the word gulible??? Youse been duped, had, shistered, blindsided…my ommage to tommyinNYC. =)) – Lorica

  5. Kate says:

    Once again, why am I not surprised? The gullible lefties who feel that their cause is pure as the driven snow, must be cringing in the corner or laughing as they toast each other with smug looks on their faces….hah, they got away with the ruse for about as long a Bernie Madoff did with his pyramid scheme. Question is will they be brought to justice for it?

  6. Lorica says:

    Ohhhh good comparison Kate. If these guys get off so should Bernie. After all is there a big difference between the crimes these guys committed?? – Lorica

  7. Danram says:

    Hmmmm … I wonder what the reaction of our “objective” news media would be if a batch of similar e-mails and data had been purloined from, say, Exxon or British Petroleum instead of from the CRU at East Anglia University?

    I think we all know the answer to that. They’d be howling from the rooftops.

    But we really shouldn’t be at all surprised. Recall that they did the same thing back in 2007 when they tried their best to ignore the success of “The Surge” and the subsequent turnaround in Iraq, hoping that the situation would deteriorate again so that they wouldn’t have to admit that Bush was right. Likewise, they’ll wait for as long as they can to acknowledge the significance of “Climategate” in the hopes that the story will simply die out.

  8. Carlos says:

    More likely, Danram, they’ll sit on it until they can no longer type at their keyboard because of the cold and the guvmint cut off all heating fuels.

  9. big al says:

    not much to say besides:
    – faked data
    – doctored processes
    – compromised peer-review
    – flimsy hypothesis (tree rings?)
    – obstructed access to journals by those outside of the cabal
    – Greed
    – Herd mentality
    – “prime opportunity to fix a big problem – once in a lifetime” Pretty much the same mentality that drives the congress these days.

    Excuse me, I feel ill…