Conservatives Love Science

The Economist is predicting that the report on climate change, which concludes beyond any reasonable doubt that it is anthropogenic, will be uncontroversial. The idea is that since climate change skeptics have largely retreated to the line that climate change is anthropogenic, but it’s impossible or undesirable to do something about it, nobody will publish political hit pieces about the study.

Fat chance (via Majikthise). The American Enterprise Institute is already trying to bribe scientists to write negative articles about the report.

Scientists and economists have been offered $10,000 each by a lobby group funded by one of the world’s largest oil companies to undermine a major climate change report due to be published today.

Letters sent by the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), an ExxonMobil-funded thinktank with close links to the Bush administration, offered the payments for articles that emphasise the shortcomings of a report from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Travel expenses and additional payments were also offered.

The Guardian article doesn’t say whether anyone has taken the offer up yet, but given that as time passes, the AEI’s image becomes more ridiculous because of such incidents as this one, I don’t think anyone will. The Economist is right insofar as real scientists have abandoned climate change skepticism.

7 Responses to Conservatives Love Science

  1. SLC says:

    Here’s a letter from the CEI in todays’ Washington Post indicating that the a**holes are not letting any grass grow under their feet.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/02/02/AR2007020201539.html

  2. Two thing mentioned in this post are unbelievable:

    That any person with an I.Q. above room temperature could have predicted that the IPCC report would have been uncontroversial, i.e., not causing a hissy-fit among well funded right-wing denialist groups.

    That an organization like the AEI somehow still maintains any credibility in the media whatsoever after A.) pulling a stunt like this and B.) everything else they’ve done.

    I have a post fisking a particularly ignorant denialist rant here.

  3. libhomo says:

    One thing I find ridiculous is that the corporate media refer to the AEI as a “think tank.” AEI is a PR/lobbying firm for its corporate clients. They definitely shouldn’t have tax exempt status.

  4. Alon Levy says:

    It’s supposedly a think tank because it produces research. The problem with revoking its tax exempt status because of that is that it requires the government to start evaluating which research is serious and which isn’t. Now, I’m all for a sweeping tax-exemption reform that will kill both right-wing think tanks and left-wing critical studies departments, but I just don’t trust the government not to tamper with good social science or even good natural science.

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