Exxon/Bush think-tank offers cash to any scientist who denies climate change
http://environment.guardian.co.uk/climatechange/story/0,,2004397,00.htmlScientists 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 UN report was written by international experts and is widely regarded as the most comprehensive review yet of climate change science. It will underpin international negotiations on new emissions targets to succeed the Kyoto agreement, the first phase of which expires in 2012. World governments were given a draft last year and invited to comment.
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.
This of course comes on the day yet another report concludes man is to blame for global warming and that we're truly fucked if we don't change our ways.
As far as I'm concerned anyone who still claims there is no such way as man-made global warming is either a flat earth loonie or a selfish cunt and should be put against a wall and shot.
Beep boop. I'm a bot.