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Climate scientists would make more money in other careers

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Climate scientists could make far more money in other careers - most notably, working for the oil industry.

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Climate scientists are in it for the money

In truth, the overwhelming majority of climate-research funding comes from the federal government and left-wing foundations. And while the energy industry funds both sides of the climate debate, the government/foundation monies go only toward research that advances the warming regulatory agenda. With a clear public-policy outcome in mind, the government/foundation gravy train is a much greater threat to scientific integrity.

-Henry Payne, National Review

If you are reading the comments on basically any climate change related article, it won't take long to get to one (or more!) commenters boldly claiming that "climate scientists are only in it for the money". This will often be accompanied by outrageously high $ amounts to really get anybody's hackles up but without any real evidence for their statement.

In a video as part of her Global Weirding series with PBS, Katharine Hayhoe comprehensively debunks this myth.

Richard Alley makes some relevant points in this interview snippet:

Many of the scientists interviewed for Denial101x also explain why they do what they do and it doesn't have anything to do with money (big surprise!). All those expert interviews are available in the Wakelet-collection Denial101x Expert Interviews.

John Timmer also tackled this myth at ArsTechnica in 2011 and 2012:

So, are there big bucks to be had in climate science? Since it doesn't have a lot of commercial appeal, most of the people working in the area, and the vast majority of those publishing the scientific literature, work in academic departments or at government agencies. Penn State, home of noted climatologists Richard Alley and Michael Mann, has a strong geosciences department and, conveniently, makes the department's salary information available. It's easy to check, and find that the average tenured professor earned about $120,000 last year, and a new hire a bit less than $70,000.

As did Scott Mandia on his blog:

Are scientists getting rich from grant funding?  I will use myself as a case study in this post and, in Part II, I will write about others’ experiences.

I recall a lecture I gave on climate change back in April 2009.  After I was finished, a gentleman told me that he though[sic] the whole thing was a hoax so that we scientists could get rich from funding.  Before I even had a chance to reply, a voice from the crowd (my wife) yelled out, “Trust me, I can tell you, he isn’t making any money from this. Nada. Zip. Zilch. Nothing!”  The truth hurts, doesn’t it?

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James Hansen & money

James Hansen is second only to Al Gore as far as personal attacks go. A latest attack accuses him of receiving up to $720,000 from the Open Society Institute. Here is James Hansen's reply

 

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  1. The denier myth begins with...

    In truth, the overwhelming majority of climate-research funding comes from the federal government and left-wing foundations.

    In truth, climate-research is conducted by scientists throughout the world who are not being paid by either the US government or US foundations.  

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