Tuesday, February 06, 2007

AEI Denies Bribing Scientists

The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) is denying that it was prepared to pay global warming skeptics to publish reports that case doubt on the UN climate change report released Friday.

However, Greenpeace obtained a copy of a letter sent out by the AEI making the pitch to a climate scientist in Texas. In the July 5th letter, scholars for the organization wrote:

"As with any large-scale `consensus' process, the IPCC is susceptible to self-selection bias in its personnel, resistant to reasonable criticism and dissent, and prone to summary conclusions that are poorly supported by the analytical work of the complete... reports."

In addition to the perverse framing above, the letter offered $10,000 for an essay of 7,500 to 10,000 words, in addition to "honoraria" and travel expenses for participation in a series of conferences.

The negative responses from the scientists contacted by the AEI ultimately led them to abandon the project.

1 comment:

Janis Mara said...

Good for you for staying on this story and publishing a follow-up. Seems like every energy or conservation-related blog I visit posted something about the report and the alleged response by the AEI, but this is the first post I've seen that kept on the story and also gave the AEI a chance to speak - which is only fair.