.............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."