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ExxonMobilWatch: Here Comes the Bribe

Calling all skeptics! Anybody who is willing to undermine the International Panel on Climate Change report released today, please report to the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research.

AEI, a conservative think tank with close ties to the Bush administration and funded largely by ExxonMobile, is offering $10,000 (plus travel expenses) to scientists and economists that can poke holes in the report written by hundreds of scientists and reviewers. Some scientists, like David Viner of the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia, are not too happy about it, according to an article in The Guardian:

The IPCC process is probably the most thorough and open review undertaken in any discipline. This undermines the confidence of the public in the scientific community and the ability of governments to take on sound scientific advice.

And activists, like Ben Stewart of Greenpeace, are even angrier:

The AEI is more than just a think tank, it functions as the Bush administration's intellectual Cosa Nostra. They are White House surrogates in the last throes of their campaign of climate change denial. They lost on the science; they lost on the moral case for action. All they've got left is a suitcase full of cash.

Even though the cash may sound tempting, it seems to us that if AEI has to bribe scientists and economists to disagree with the scientific consensus, the group doesn’t have much hope of finding hordes of people ready to sign up for the job. If anything, AEI’s desperate attempt shows just how overwhelming the scientific evidence has become.

-Susan Cosier 

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