Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Climate Monday or Tuesday: The Focus is on Denial for Dollars
Yeah, I know I'm linking to a comedian, but the funny thing here in the US is--our comedians are often seriously more open to slinging out truth, of course--people are willing to take that truth with a grain of sugar.
Sigh. Yeah. Well, this guy is actually part of the denial for dollars trip I want to talk about at the moment. There are some serious examples of his particular pay-for-politically-convenient-studies fraud going on. Sadly, Viscount Matt Ridley seems to swept up in just this sort of fossil-fuel-funded fraudulence (so humbling--Yastreblansky--I'll see your Lord Monckton of Brenchley and raise you a bleeding peer who went to Maudlin and all that--genuine posh. And I liked his stuff on biology 'cause I studied in it for a minute. But writing about science made-to-order by industry is awfully grubby, innit?)
But LGM has a nice piece from Loomis about how anyone flashing dollars might convince someone to write up a little thing or so about how climate change isn't for real.
All this is why, when people talk about how the climate scientists have gone in for a hoax to get hold of that mad government grant money I just stand in admiration for people so blinded they don't understand that there is a heavily-subsidized fossil fuel industry here in the US (and world-wide) that takes their profits and sinks it into funding for "skeptical" research projects and think tanks. Also known as propaganda. I'm not even sure who doesn't know this much is true.
So when a denialist media contributor mentions his fossil-fuels-funding source--let's not discount it. Although anyone working for FOX media at all should be considered possibly a pay for denialism stooge.