True, but one can equally make the case that there was almost no climate science funding before Hansen’s 1988 address to Congress, and now it’s a 12B per year government-funded industry with almost 3B (see above) going directly to climate scientists for research.
And one thing I know about the medical field is that the scientist will research something, setup a corporation to market the results of that research, and then profit off of whatever their research yielded. Since I haven’t done the research, I have no idea if climate scientists are going the same route, and if I actually cared (In all honesty, I don’t mind if any scientist makes money off his/her research as long as their research isn’t affected by the potential for revenue) I could research it and make vague assessments about a quid pro quo: The top climate scientists are exaggerating the potential pitfalls so that people buy green tech/whatever from their side businesses. But all that’s there is the money link, no one has proved that there is some giant scheme to pull 12B a year out of the government by them.
In the same vein, while you DO have the money link and cash being moved around the denialist camps, this is no different than any other PAC or lobbyist organization in the US, right now, on all sides of the coin. For them, this is simply business as usual. It’s not some evil Exxon/Illuminati conspiracy to harm us all by burning off the atmosphere, it’s a way to keep business costs down. But they do this for everything. Everything.
If you really want to fight this, then corporations need to be removed from personhood, and advocacy groups of every single kind need to lose 501c3 status. But that has to come before we can tackle this sort of puppetry. And complaining about one and ignoring the rest (even the ones you may agree with) doesn’t help anything.
Honestly, I don’t trust businesses and I don’t trust the politicians in charge of the government. Other government employees I trust on a “until you prove you’re a dick” basis.
Public opinion is being perverted via perverted science.
As an example: We are 95% sure that humans are causing warming. Denier: But 5% in an atmosphere the size of EARTH is a HUUUUUUUGE lack of understanding!
Technically, yes. But they leave out the fact that 95% is huge…uh…er. That’s a word, now. cough