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.
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.