Payola for Climate Deniers

Posted on February 24, 2012


Some Climate Deniers on the Climate Denial Payroll

  • Willie Soon – has received over a million dollars in funding from petrochemical interests since 2001.  This is from the Guardian story on the matter:

Documents provided to Greenpeace by the Smithsonian under the US Freedom of Information Act (FoIA) show that the Charles G Koch Foundation, a leading provider of funds for climate sceptic groups, gave Soon two grants totalling $175,000 (then roughly £102,000) in 2005/6 and again in 2010. In addition the American Petroleum insitute (API), which represents the US petroleum and natural gas industries, gave him multiple grants between 2001 and 2007 totalling $274,000, oil company Exxon Mobil provided $335,000 between 2005 and 2010, and Soon received other grants from coal and oil industry sources including the Mobil Foundation, the Texaco Foundation and the Electric Power Research Institute.

The Heartland Institute funds, plans to fund or pays a regular stipend to the following persons for their climate denying work:

  • Dr. David Wojick, civil employee, $100,000 to pay to craft a climate denier “Global Warming Curriculum for K-12.”
  • Anthony Watts, keeper of the Watts-Up-With-That pseudo-science blog and well known climate denier.  $88,000 to help create a new website to track temperature station data.
  • Craig Idso, $11,600/month.
  • Fred Singer, $5000/month
  • Robert Carter, $1667/month.

None of the above, so far as I know, actually work in-office.  The Heartland stipends would represent only part of the income of these individuals.  For instance, they would also be paid for their work on Heartland’s NIPCC reports, and be housed and paid for inevitable speaking engagements on Heartland’s behalf and at Heartland’s Denial-Palooza conferences.

IPCC reports – Put together using thousands of hours of volunteer labour by scientists.

Skeptical Science has this to say about funding for the denier alternative to the IPCC, the NIPCC shadow-climate-science reports funded by the Heartland Institute:

The overall Heartland budget for the NIPCC reports from 2010 to 2013 is nearly $1.6 million ($388,000 in both 2011 and 2012), with $460,000 going to the lead authors and contributors ($140,000 in both 2011 and 2012).  The 2011 Interim NIPCC report has 3 lead authors (Craig Idso, Fred Singer, and Robert Carter) and 8 contributors (Susan Crockford, Joe D’Aleo, Indur Goklany, Sherwood Idso, Anthony Lupo, Willie Soon, Mitch Taylor, and Madhav Khandekar), most of whom also receive a monthly salary from the Heartland Institute.

Conclusion: There’s money in that there climate denial.



See Climate sceptic Willie Soon received $1m from oil companies, papers show – The Guardian

DenialGate Highlights Heartland’s Selective NIPCC Science – Skeptical Science