Friday, February 02, 2007

The American Enterprise Institute Offers to Buy Scientists' Opinions

.............that is, as long as they agree to criticize and refute the U.N's report (due to be released today) issued by 500 of the world's leading scientists saying that global warming is happening and is most likely influenced by the activities of humans. If you're a scientist and are willing to be bought, the think tank, sponsored by Exxon Mobil, will pay you the princely sum of $10,000.

So instead of encouraging further debate, AEI wishes to purchase debate. Somehow, I can't help but think that they are doing this for their own interests and the interests of their sponsors , not for the welfare of our planet.

Meanwhile, leading Democrats have been quick to respond to the UN's report:

"Although President Bush just noticed that the earth is heating up, the American public, every reputable scientist and other world leaders have long recognized that global warming is real and it's serious. The time to act is now," said Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., who with GOP Sen. Olympia Snowe (news, bio, voting record) of Maine crafted one of a half-dozen competing bills to address global warming.

Rep. Edward Markey (news, bio, voting record), D-Mass., a senior member of House panels on energy and natural resources, said that "for those who are still trying to determine responsibility for global warming, this new U.N. report on climate change is a scientific smoking gun."


Anonymous said...

Bird and i were watching NBC last night and he said something to the effect that the Bush regime was calling for a world discussion on the problem or a world action, or something. Ha! They know damn well and good there was already a world discussion at Kyoto and they wouldnt work with them at all. Even from my isolationist perspective, I can tell when they are shucking and stalling for time.

Christopher said...

Bush and his winger buddies members embrace that peculiar religious belief that all life began on earth 6,000 years ago, dinosaurs are a myth, and the world is flat.

Naturally then, science is suspect, as are scientists who largely reject religious doctrine.

The irony is, "science," has the potential to fix what's wrong with George Bush: like grow him a brain.