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Best Thing I've Read On "Climate Change"

This is from, of all places, Gregg Easterbrook (yes, Frank’s brother)’s weekly TMQ column at ESPN.com.  http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=easterbrook/091215&sportCat=nfl

It’s about 2/3 the way down, so you’ll have to scroll past all the football stuff.  Excerpt:

The United States and European Union spend about $6 billion annually on climate change research, and every penny goes to alarmism, because it can be used to justify government expansion. Being a climate doomsayer is a path to cash and tenure — even to celebrity, as making wildly exaggerated claims got Al Gore a Noble Prize plus stock in companies now winning government subsidies triggered by alarmism. The doomsayers are lauded by foundations, go to parties with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie and attend taxpayer-subsidized conferences in Nice. They’ve formed a guild with intense focus on maintaining guild structure. The 1962 Thomas Kuhn book “The Structure of Scientific Revolutions” is best-known for introducing the “paradigm shift” concept. Kuhn’s larger argument was that science is not an abstract truth-seeking realm, rather, subject to fads and what is now called political correctness, and one in which many scientists are concerned foremost with safeguarding their sinecure by toeing the line.