cite as: F. Bi. 2009. Senator Inhofe is not getting paid enough for this junk! Intl. J. Inact., 2:9–10
Michael Tobis says,
The [global warming] conspiracy theorists put that [$200 million dollars spent on climate science] up against some tens of millions spent by the conspiracists’ PR arm, but that is unfair. They claim to be outspent 5 to 1, but the $200 mn actually goes to people doing science, not to people doing outreach. The main outreach efforts from the climate science community are unfunded (RC [RealClimate], blogs, public talks typefied by Hansen’s). […] So the climate science community has unpaid, untrained volunteers telling the truth while the bad guys have tens of millions for PR professionals.
One might have hoped for a change recently with the unveiling of Gore’s “We” campaign, but I am sorry to say it strikes me as oblivious to the playing field and woefully incompetent.
What’s more, the “bad guys” — the climate inactivists — fail to include the money that’s spent in the upkeep of the US Senate Committee of Environment and Public Works’s web server (
epw.senate.gov). Now, Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) and his sidekick Marc Morano see fit to use this public server as a vehicle to propagate inactivist
propaganda opinion pieces, to the point of cutting-and-pasting entire newspaper op-eds wholesale. Ordinarily such an act would be seen as a flagrant misuse of the taxpayer money that’s gone into maintaining the web server, but I guess there’s a special exception to this rule for Republican Senators.
In fact, Morano tells us that Inhofe actually deserves to be paid more for this junk! The logic is that, well, since the UN spends lots of money to fund such trivial pursuits as running climate models and surveying research literature, therefore Inhofe should be allowed to
- get more money from oil companies which goes directly into funding his own campaigns, and then
- use public resources — funded not by Inhofe or Big Oil, but by taxpayer money, your money — to cut-and-paste op-eds to please the oily interests!
That’s ‘balancing the debate’, my friends. Certainly, in this time of financial crisis, Inhofe’s commitment to protecting taxpayer money has never been greater.