Skip to comments.How many tax dollars have you paid towards Climate PR or research?
Posted on 03/06/2010 10:23:30 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
Richard North has picked up the ABC Drum article The Money Trail and wonders about the total value of financial contributions towards carbon related research or PR from the UK and EU. Ive wondered the same thing. Indeed I tried to find answers for other nations and to add to the USA figures I put into Climate Money, but rapidly discovered, as he has, that its a hideously complex task. Its a PhD size project, and there are no grants available to fund that kind of PhD.
Spending is hugely fragmented, between several departments of state, including DEFRA and DECC, with contributions from government agencies and quangos, including the Carbon Trust.
Then there are the devolved governments, the regional development agencies and local authorities, plus a very considerable input from the European Union, through the Framework research programme and also via direct contacts issued by the various Commission DGs.
Among the big spenders, though, are the seven UK research councils which collectively dispense billions into the research community each year. You might think that each of these would be able to pinpoint the amount dispensed on climate research, but that it very far from the case.
The thing that made my analysis of the US climate funding possible was that there were bragging rights in spending big on climate research. Naming a department and printing annual reports made it possible. North is dedicatedly going through individual reports:
(Excerpt) Read more at joannenova.com.au ...
Taxpayers can find recourse against those who have obtained federal grants fraudulently. Lawyers can essentially sue with the US as the plaintiff—and collect a “bounty” for doing so.
How many? Too many, that’s how many.
>>Taxpayers can find recourse against those who have obtained federal grants fraudulently.<<
Just hang them high and I’ll consider it justice well served.
Thanks Ernest. And the legal defense, air fare, hotel bills, etc from now on?
Great post. Thanks.
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