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PoliticsThe Baseless Claim That Climate Scientists Are ‘Driven’ by Money

04:40  28 november  2018
04:40  28 november  2018 Source:   nytimes.com

White House: Federal climate change report 'not based on facts'

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Critics of a major United States climate report, including the president and conservative pundits, have dismissed its findings with several inaccurate claims . “The reality is that a lot of these scientists are driven by the money that they receive.

He then interviewed climate scientist Brenda Ekwurzel of the Union of Concerned Scientists , a co-author of the assessment, who explained the report's findings The New York Times published a fact-checking piece titled, “ The Baseless Claim That Climate Scientists Are ‘ Driven ’ by Money ,” which

The Baseless Claim That Climate Scientists Are ‘Driven’ by Money© Luke Sharrett for The New York Times A power plant in Robards, Ky., in May.

WHAT WAS SAID

“The reality is that a lot of these scientists are driven by the money that they receive. And, of course, they don’t receive money from corporations and Exxon and the like.”

— Rick Santorum, the former Republican senator from Pennsylvania, in remarks on CNN on Sunday

“The report is nothing more than a rehash of age-old 10- to 20-year assumptions made by scientists that get paid to further the politics of global warming.”

— Tom DeLay, Republican of Texas who was the former House majority leader, in remarks on CNN on Monday

THE FACTS

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Climate scientists are in it for the money . When the second volume of the National Climate Assessment was released last month, Rick Santorum, a Republican former senator from Pennsylvania, took to CNN to proclaim that climate scientists “ are driven by the money that they receive.”

97 percent of climate scientists have confirmed that climate change is happening and that human activity is responsible. . . . . they agree that, if we continue to go The 97 percent claim is a deliberate misrepresentation designed to intimidate the public—and numerous scientists whose papers were

This lacks evidence.

The federal government’s most recent climate change report, released last week, warned that global warming could cause substantial damage to the American economy, human health and the environment. The report has prompted some critics to dismiss climate scientists as corrupted by money, a common but baseless attack.

“We were paid zero dollars to produce the national assessment,” Katharine Hayhoe, an author of the report, said in an interview. “In fact, there was a reverse financial motive.”

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Researchers working in climate change do not receive atypically large paychecks, nor do they strike it rich from grants. The claim also ignores that internal research from oil companies affirms the scientific consensus on climate change.

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One of the best explanations of why the claim is just absurd comes from Richard Alley in this interview snippet: Many of the scientists interviewed for Denial101x also John Timmer in ArsTechnica (May 2012) - Accusations that climate science is money - driven reveal ignorance of how science is done.

Scientists and economists have been offered ,000 each by a lobby group funded by one of the world's largest oil companies to undermine a major climate change report due to be published today. Letters sent by the American Enterprise Institute (AEI)

Professors at public universities who teach earth sciences and environmental studies generally earn more than their peers in humanities and social sciences, but less than faculty in the economics, business and law departments, according to data from the Association of American Universities.

For example, at Pennsylvania State University, professors in the earth and mineral sciences department made an average salary of $157,773, which was below the universitywide average of $166,731. Professors in earth and environmental sciences earned $98,567 on average at Iowa State University, compared with the average salary of $134,039.

In the 2017 fiscal year, the federal government spent about $13.2 billion in climate change funding, according to a recent Government Accountability Office report. The bulk, about $9 billion, funded clean energy technology, while science funding accounted for $2.8 billion. Climate science funding represents about 2.4 percent of the $118.3 billion in total federal research funding in the 2017 fiscal year.

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And, among those climate scientists I know they disregard these parts altogether sticking to the WG1. 17. Dr Richard Lindzen: “The IPCC process is driven by politics rather than science . What they did was make a baseless claim and then proceed to argue based on the assumption that this

Climate scientists versus climate data | Climate Etc. Under the Trump administration, government employees stand to make huge amounts of money by whistleblowing fraud. A lot of us are old enough to remember a similar effort by so called “ scientists ” to claim that the Earth was cooling.

When that money trickles down to researchers, it is not padding their pockets. In a video, Dr. Hayhoe explained how a $1.1 million grant she received was spent: It was divided over four years, was split with her university for facilities costs, helped pay for a graduate assistant and covered the costs of conferences, laptops and publishing in scientific journals.

What really leads to more funding and a higher salary is a scientist’s ability to produce groundbreaking research, not confirming the consensus, Michael E. Mann, a climate scientist, wrote in his book “The Madhouse Effect.”

And contrary to Mr. Santorum’s suggestion, Exxon Mobil and other fossil fuel companies do fund research. From 1977 to 2014, 83 percent of the company’s peer-reviewed studies and 80 percent of its internal communications acknowledged that climate change is real and caused by humans, according to a 2017 study that reviewed Exxon’s documents.

Similarly, researchers at Royal Dutch Shell sounded the alarm in the 1980s about the potential threats posed by climate change. Exxon, Shell and Chevron all publicly agree that climate change is a risk.

Trump dismisses findings of U.S. government report on climate change

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WHAT WAS SAID

“No. No. I don’t believe it. And here’s the other thing — you’re going to have to have China, and Japan, and all of Asia, and all of these other countries — you know, it — it addresses our country. Right now, we’re at the cleanest we’ve ever been, and that’s very important to me. But if we’re clean but every other place on Earth on is dirty, that’s not so good.”

— President Trump, in remarks to reporters on Monday

THE FACTS

Trump mocks global warming amid frigid Thanksgiving forecasts

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False. The United States is not the cleanest country.

The United States ranked 27th out of 180 countries in an environmental performance review, compiled this year by Yale and Columbia University researchers in collaboration with the World Economic Forum. Switzerland topped the list.

The environmental performance index assigns the ranking based on 10 categories, including air and water quality, biodiversity and climate and energy.

The Climate Action Tracker, which monitors countries’ pledges to reduce emissions, has rated the United States’ efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as “critically insufficient.”

WHAT WAS SAID

“And you have to look at the fact that this report is based on the most extreme model scenario, which contradicts long-established trends.”

— Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, in a news conference on Tuesday

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THE FACTS

Ocasio-Cortez on climate change report: People will die if we don't act now

Ocasio-Cortez on climate change report: People will die if we don't act now Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) called on the U.S. to act "urgent[ly]" after a report from the federal government found that climate change is expected to have an enormous impact on the country in the near future. In a Twitter post, the New York Democrat reissued her call for a special House caucus on climate change, a demand that some progressive activists have called for in the wake of Democrats' takeover of the House. "People are going to die if we don't start addressing climate change ASAP," wrote Ocasio-Cortez on Friday following the report's release. "It's not enough to think it's 'important.' We must make it urgent.

False.

The national assessment considers three model cases for greenhouse gas emissions, not just the “most extreme.” They represent a range: One model assumes that global emissions will continue to increase throughout the century, another assumes that emissions will peak by midcentury then decline, and the third assumes that emissions have already peaked.

In the appendix, the report’s authors wrote that they focused on these situations because they “capture a range of plausible atmospheric concentration futures that drive climate models.” The focus on the first two cases is consistent with the projections used by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, while the third situation assumes greater emissions reductions than estimates by the panel.

The lower emissions cases would require the world to make substantial cuts to greenhouse gas emissions in the decades ahead — but even these would still lead to considerable damage, the report says.

Ocasio-Cortez on climate change report: People will die if we don't act now.
Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) called on the U.S. to act "urgent[ly]" after a report from the federal government found that climate change is expected to have an enormous impact on the country in the near future. In a Twitter post, the New York Democrat reissued her call for a special House caucus on climate change, a demand that some progressive activists have called for in the wake of Democrats' takeover of the House. "People are going to die if we don't start addressing climate change ASAP," wrote Ocasio-Cortez on Friday following the report's release. "It's not enough to think it's 'important.' We must make it urgent.

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