The DI spends millions on PR for their absurd nonscience. The Bush administration pays “journalists” to pimp their policy proposals. And as ThinkProgress points out, oil companies have offered $10,000 to scientists who will go against the new IPCC report:
Scientists and economists have been offered $10,000 each by a lobby group funded by one of the world’s largest oil companies to undermine a major climate change report due to be published today.
Letters sent by the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), an ExxonMobil-funded thinktank with close links to the Bush administration, offered the payments for articles that emphasise the shortcomings of a report from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Travel expenses and additional payments were also offered. …
The letters were sent by Kenneth Green, a visiting scholar at AEI, who confirmed that the organisation had approached scientists, economists and policy analysts to write articles for an independent review that would highlight the strengths and weaknesses of the IPCC report.
I suspect that the emphasis will be on the weaknesses, of course, given that ExxonMobil gave millions of dollars to the AEI.
Even after ExxonMobil throws their record profits at this problem, the IPCC report is still expected to confirm in the strongest terms yet that the scientific consensus is that human actions are causing increased temperatures, and will continue to do so. In saying that this is “very likely” to be true, the IPCC will be placing its probability above 90%, pretty confident by any standard.