Part of the mantra of the man-made global warming advocates is that everyone on the opposing side is bought and paid for. They have often cited specious claims that the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) sought to undermine the theory of MMGW by offering scientists $10,000 to speak out against it. The reality, however, was not that cut and dried:
The American Enterprise Institute offered scientists, including some who in no way can be seen as allies of the so-called "skeptic" camp, $10,000 to review several thousand pages of scientific material from the most recent United Nations IPCC climate change report and write an original piece of 7,500-10,000 words reflecting their view of it.
But here is something that is cut and dried. James Hansen of NASA, one of the world's foremost advocates of the MMGW theory, received $720,000 in influence money from George Soros, who desperately wants to prove that MMGW is real.
How many people, for instance, know that James Hansen, a man billed as a lonely "NASA whistleblower" standing up to the mighty U.S. government, was really funded by Soros' Open Society Institute , which gave him "legal and media advice"?
That's right, Hansen was packaged for the media by Soros' flagship "philanthropy," by as much as $720,000, most likely under the OSI's "politicization of science" program.
That may have meant that Hansen had media flacks help him get on the evening news to push his agenda and lawyers pressuring officials to let him spout his supposedly "censored" spiel for weeks in the name of advancing the global warming agenda.
Yes we can follow the money, all right. But it's not where MMGW advocates tell you from their Land of Oz that it is. Besides pointing to government scientists who lose their grant money if they don't prophesy a doom that requires their continued services, the money points to George Soros. Everyone already knew that. But it is the height of irony that James Hansen is also in on the take, courtesy of Mr. Soros.
Why can't they just debate the MMGW theory on its merits? Because they know they'll lose.