Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Just how much does the government spend on climate research?

tl;dr: A lot.

The longer answer is one I posted ten years ago.  The numbers are higher now, certainly over $100B.  To the Fed.Gov this must look like money well spent, using it as an excuse to carbon taxes and the like.

Originally posted 17 December 2009.

Make Big Money, doing Climate Research from home!

Well, I don't know about the "work from home" part, and whether you need to stuff envelopes, but the money's sweet: $79B since 1989, just from the US Fed.Gov. Add in the fellow traveler Euro.Govs and you've maybe doubled that.

Note that's "B" as in "Billion". Skim a lot off the top for Department of Energy and other bureaucrats, and there's plenty of cold hard cash, as long as you toe the line:
  • The US government has provided over $79 billion since 1989 on policies related to climate change, including science and technology research, foreign aid, and tax breaks.
  • Despite the billions: “audits” of the science are left to unpaid volunteers. A dedicated but largely uncoordinated grassroots movement of scientists has sprung up around the globe to test the integrity of the theory and compete with a well funded highly organized climate monopoly. They have exposed major errors.
  • Carbon trading worldwide reached $126 billion in 2008. Banks are calling for more carbon-trading. And experts are predicting the carbon market will reach $2 – $10 trillion making carbon the largest single commodity traded.
  • Meanwhile in a distracting sideshow, Exxon-Mobil Corp is repeatedly attacked for paying a grand total of $23 million to skeptics—less than a thousandth of what the US government has put in, and less than one five-thousandth of the value of carbon trading in just the single year of 2008.
  • The large expenditure in search of a connection between carbon and climate creates enormous momentum and a powerful set of vested interests. By pouring so much money into one theory, have we inadvertently created a self-fulfilling prophesy instead of an unbiased investigation?
Silly me, thinking that the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy was going to send me bushel baskets of unmarked bills for all my Denier ravings. The Big Money's all on the other side.

And yes, I know that this was posted months ago.  I'm a little slow sometimes.


Old NFO said...

It has only gotten worse, not better... sigh

David aka True Blue Sam said...

There are a lot of professors out there with all the morality of a hooker when they can grab $ for "research" on climate change. I heard one forestry professor tell us 30 years ago that in 50 years the hardwood forests in Illinois would be replaced by mesquite. Oaks are still doing their thing. No mesquite yet.