The Climategate scandal is a textbook case of professional malfeasance that should give Congress reason to pause before agreeing to a binding international agreement that would hamstring the world economy in order to prevent the climate from changing.Already there's a problem. The e-mails were not "leaked" (which implies someone on the inside (a "whistleblower" of some sort) released them to the public. They were not. They were "hacked" (ie stolen) from the outside.
Climategate was a series of leaked e-mails last year from the Climatic Research Unit at Britain's University of East Anglia, arguably the world's most prominent research center promoting the idea that humans are causing catastrophic global warming.
There's also another problem with Burnett's column. The e-mail scandal has already been debunked. The AP even says so.
And that's the entirety of Burnett's argument. Once that's gone, there's nothing left but the irony. Take a look:
Global warming alarmism has become a gravy train for scientists, bureaucrats and corporations that profit from the billions of taxpayer dollars spent researching and fighting climate change.Interesting device here: gravytrain. It implies that the scientists involved are shaping their arguments to please the people paying them.
For instance, former Vice President Al Gore has become a millionaire serving as an adviser to and board member of corporations that profit from government subsidies for "climate friendly" energy and technologies.
In addition, the Climategate scientists have received tens of millions of dollars in research grants since global warming hit the big time. The research money over the last six years is more than all the climate research dollars their universities received the previous 20 years. If human-caused warming becomes a non-issue, all this money goes away.
NOW can we look at the National Center For Policy Analysis' funding? Specifically what's come from the foundations controlled by Tribune-Review owner Richard Mellon Scaife?
- The NCPA received $62,500 in grants from the Sarah Scaife Foundation in 2008.
- The NCPA received $125,000 in grants from the Sarah Scaife Foundation in 2007.
- The NCPA received $125,000 in grants from the Sarah Scaife Foundation in 2006.
Mediamatters reports that foundations controlled by Richard Mellon Scaife have given a total of $2.285 million to the National Center For Policy Analysis. Incidentally, that's more than 4 times what Exxon Mobil gave them.
For all that money Scaife sent their way, you'd think the NCPA would be able to produce a better product.
Needless to say, The Circle Jerk continues.