Regular readers of my blog may have noticed that I’m not really into tracking down the funding sources of climate contrarians. If some scientists really think they’re oppressed Galileos, and so need money from non-traditional sources to continue researching their groundbreaking geniusness, why not take some cash from Exxon or the Koch brothers? Maybe the funding source is worth noting, so people can take it into account when deciding how much to trust these scientists, but I don’t think it’s necessarily some kind of smoking gun. And so I usually pass over these discussions and focus on scientific issues.
I may have to change my mind.
Last week, the St. Petersburg Times reported that Charles Koch donated $1.5 million to the Florida State University Economics Department. In exchange, he has to sign off on any new faculty hires.
In case you’re not familiar with the world of academia, let me clue you in. This is bad. It’s really bad.