To go along with our previous coverage of the newest report on global warming by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the Guardian in the U.K. is reporting that the American Enterprise Institute is offering $10,000 each to any scientist willing to undermine the I.P.C.C.'s report. The AEI is funded by... drumroll... ExxonMobil.
Again, according the the Guardian, "The AEI has received more than $1.6m from ExxonMobil and more than 20 of its staff have worked as consultants to the Bush administration. Lee Raymond, a former head of ExxonMobil, is the vice-chairman of AEI's board of trustees." And, they also offered travel expenses. "The letters were sent by Kenneth Green, a visiting scholar at AEI, who confirmed that the organization had approached scientists, economists and policy analysts to write articles for an independent review that would highlight the strengths and weaknesses of the IPCC report."
I think that they were kind of cheap on this one. I mean, if they made $1,252.54 every second last year, they could have ponied up more than that! A measly ten seconds of their time (in profit) to each scientist. For shame.
Tad Murty, Nigel Lawson and David Bellamy, all of whom believe that humans do not contribute anything to global warming, all are to be in London on Monday to refute the findings of the I.P.C.C. The Guardian reports that this London meeting is being paid for by ExxonMobil as well.
If you don't believe in global warming, or don't think that humans have anything to do with it... remember: despite the fact that I don't disagree with the findings of the I.P.C.C., I'm just reporting the news, I don't write it.
[Source: The Guardian]