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June 18, 2011

All Aboard the Global Warming Money Train! [ArthurK]

You're aware of the conflict of interest where scientists who warn of Global Warming rely on Global warming concerns to get more Govt. money for their study of... Global Warming. But this money train has more passengers!


The linked story, after regaling us with yet another conflict of interest on a Global Warming advocate reviewing his own work, blueprints a perpetual motion machine of govt. payouts.

"It stinks doubly because the Greenpeace report was originally co-authored by the European Renewable Energy Council - an industry lobby group whose prospects depend on state subsidies which can be expected to be further increased once its views are given the ‘official’ stamp of approval from the IPCC."

Ben Pile ... follows the moneytrail behind the EREC lobby group, and finds much has come from European taxpayers. We already know that the favoured renewables wouldn't be being installed without huge public subsidies, but the taxpayer must also prop up the lobbyists ... so they can lobby for more taxpayer subsidies for their businesses.

... the EU has earmarked (a billion bucks) in one fund alone, to be spent over six years to "[reinforce] the EU's efforts to meet its 2020 targets to ensure a secure and cost competitive supply of energy while fighting climate change." In other words, that's money to lobby itself to stick to a policy it has already decided.

No wonder there are so many professional climate campaigners - it's a lucrative source of income, and a far better career choice today than becoming (say) a steelworker.

...

This is a weird simulation of power and politics as we've traditionally known it. It creates a strange synthetic world, which everyone ends up agreeing on what they going to agree on anyway, after having helped themselves to some taxpayer's cash along the way.

No wonder it's so hard to fight these guys. You're financing them!*

*If you're from Europe. It's not quite as bad in the US but I bet there's some taxpayer money that winds up in NGO hands to promote Global Warming stuff.


[Update-Andy]: A graphical representation of the process via Watts Up With That.





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