Climate change due to fossil fuels. You’d think by now we were past the “is it happening” stage of the debate and onto the “how do we fix it” discussion, wouldn’t you? After all, if you actually need proof that the climate is changing you only need to wait until the next “once in a century” storm floods your house, or just go outside and take note of all the plants blooming early or late because they’ve been confused by the seasons.
Or, you know, you could just ask the scientific community and find out that 97% of climate scientists agree that climate change is definitely happening for real you guys.
Yet there are some who don’t, and a recent exposé by Greenpeace members working undercover shows that it’s worse than just an intellectual disagreement. Posing as oil and coal companies, they approached Professors Frank Clemente (Penn State) and William Happer (Princeton) asking them to write papers about the benefits of carbon dioxide emissions for money.
Happer even went one further and offered to fudge the peer review to get the paper out quicker. In one email he stated:
“My activities to push back against climate extremism are a labor of love, to defend the cherished ideals of science that have been so corrupted by the climate-change cult.”
It seems Mr Happer doesn’t count writing made-to-order papers and circumventing the academic process for a quick buck from companies like Peabody Coal as a corruption of science’s cherished ideals, then. Oh and by the way, this guy gets to testify in important US Senate hearings on climate change. He also advises the UK’s Global Warming Policy Foundation, a lobbying organisation promoting climate change denial.
How far does this go? How many scientists are being paid by big fuel companies to hold back the debate? How many bills or agreements have been sabotaged and climate change measures blocked because of scared millionaires and greedy academics?