1950s BBC production of 1984 (1 hour 47 minutes)
In the US, the Republicans are proposing to slash US contributions to the IPCC.
Climate Depot, the blog run by the odious March Morano declares it a “victory for science“:
Defund IPCC ‘amendment was sponsored by Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Missouri), who read aloud on the floor from the 2009 U.S. Senate Report of more than 700 dissenting scientists! (Written by Climate Depot’s Morano)
Note how the report quoted was written by Morano. No connection between industry funded think tanks and climate scepticism at all. Really, just a co-incidence.
When a major political party ignores the world’s scientific community and prefers the words of a spin doctor, you know something is amiss.
The text of the amendment reads thus:
Amendment No. 149—Rep. Luetkemeyer (R-MO): The amendment would prohibit any funds made available in this Act from being used for contributions to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
Of course this news is trumpeted by Perth’s resident denier, Jo Nova:
The US contribution directly to the IPCC is only $2.3 million, and the loss of that would just shorten the two week annual junket by a few hours. But the turnaround in attitude is telling. This wouldn’t have happened two years ago. The Republicans are letting the nation know they are serious.
A majority of the research of the IPCC comes from US institutes and organizations. When this new attitude spreads to the direction of research grants, “PR” units, and to other nations, it could really start to bite. Imagine if the US congress started to fund independent audits, or solar-driven-climate research, or more satellite data collection?
How much money does the IPCC get?
The total budget for the IPCC is $10.5 million USD. The Republicans are seeking to deprive the IPCC of $2.5 million.
Within my organisation I run two departments with a combined budget equivalent to what the US gives the IPCC.
Seriously, I laughed hard when I read that.
This is chicken feed.
The IPCC produces consensus reports. It does no research.
Even if you shut the IPCC down tomorrow you can’t stop science. The results will still be there. The only way to stop the science is to censor scientists.
Is this next?
To my mind this is like the RAF in 1939 deciding that “radar thing” was a waste of money”. After all it was mostly unproven, new technology and expensive to implement and maintain.
After all, hadn’t “Peace in our time” just been declared?
The threat of German planes flying over London was just a remote possibility.
The climate has always changed. The climate is not changing.
So in the deniers minds cutting funding to science is a victory for science?
And burning books is a victory for literacy.
And depriving women of the vote is a victory for democracy.
And war is peace.
Yes, George Orwell is spinning very fast in his grave.