2007/02/02

On Climate Research or 'Damn Conservatives Are Cheap Bastards!'

Even when they're paying for research that will make their favorite industry billions.

The Guardian reports that the The American Enterprise Institute--an Exxon-Mobil funded think tank--is willing to pay for research that disputes the global warming findings of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). But here's the thing, they're only willing to pay $10,000 a pop!

$10,000?! For research that will help Big Oil continue to reap billions of dollars in profits? Exxon-Mobil and Royal Dutch Shell together managed to make $180,000,000 a day in 2006, over $2B in profit for the year. What cheap bastards these f*ckers are! Scientists should demand a piece of the action! I mean, if you're going to sell your soul... Auction it to the highest bidder; Insist on a cut of the 'back-end'; Get a goddamned percentage for Pete's sake!

1/1000 of 1% of that huge windfall just doesn't feed the bulldog!

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Let"s face it with stories like: Scientists from around the world sign off on a bleak assessment of a devastated planet Earth...
These bought and paid for scientists are not really giving value for money.
They have had the running and still the facts overtake them.
They are overpaid at $10,000
They are overpaid at $10,000

Well that's one perspective, but you know bad news sells papers. So maybe these harbingers of doom are really just after their 15 minutes--no need to pay them. :-)

The other guys though? How much is it worth to become a pariah?
Oh, I forgot to mention, check out this picture and tell me if you think the Shrub wears a rug!
$10,000 for your soul.
I was amused by the 10,000 dollar figure. It made me think about what evildoers might be paid by Dr. Evil in the Austin Powers movies.
...what evildoers might be paid by Dr. Evil in the Austin Powers movies.

One miiillllllliiiioooon pennies!
Often overlooked, is these so called "scientists" are like the Doctors that take nothing but Medicare patients - because they're too incompetent to get a private practice off the ground and keep it off the ground. If you're a top notch ecological scientist, you already know said "think tanks" aren't.
I wonder if you need to be a real scientist to collect the cash. If they want fake science, are fake scientists OK?
Disgusting...
Almost as disgusting as Rush Limbaugh (see about the 14th or 15th comment down re. the post "Alfred Nobel Rolls Over In His Grave"...!)
Often overlooked, is these so called "scientists" are like the Doctors that take nothing but Medicare patients...

:-) :-) :-) Like the ones from the Tobacco Institute? "Fake scientists," huh? Can you pay them in fake cash?

Snave...but do you think that Big Oil worries when stories like this come out? Bet they don't.

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