30 Sep 2008

Truth or Funding?

The author of this paper [PDF] argues that debates over climate change are not reaching resolution because there's money to be made by extending the debate, i.e.,
For a variety of inter-related cultural, organizational, and political reasons, progress in climate science and the actual solution of scientific problems in this field have moved at a much slower rate than would normally be possible... the heavy influence of politics has served to amplify the role of the other factors...[that are] amplified by the need for government funding. When an issue becomes a vital part of a political agenda, as is the case with climate, then the politically desired position becomes a goal rather than a consequence of scientific research...

We will show how political bodies act to control scientific institutions, how scientists adjust both data and even theory to accommodate politically correct positions, and how opposition to these positions is disposed of.
Bottom Line: Politicians are accused of taking bribes to change policies. That poison has spread to (willing) academics and administrators who prefer to talk from one grant to another.

hattip to RW