Oh, that Anthony Watts! He beat me to the punch (wouldn’t be surprised if others did too — at this point it’s almost impossible to track all the bloggers working this) on the “Big Oil funds alarmism” theme that shows up in several of the Climategate emails. As he notes:
One of the favorite put-downs from people who think they have the moral high ground in the climate debate is to accuse skeptics with this phrase: “You are nothing but a shill for Big Oil.” Who amongst us hasn’t seen variants of that pointed finger repeated thousands of times? The paradigm has shifted. Now it appears CRU is the one looking for “big oil” money.
Watts — the wonderful manager of the Surfacestations.org project which shows heat bias in the positioning of many weather stations — then reproduces three of the emails in which alarmist scientists nearly wet themselves over the prospect of getting money from Shell, BP, and Esso (Exxon).
Here’s a portion of another one that I also found in which the University of Edinburgh’s Simon Shackley gets excited about BP dollars (and the CRU’s Mike Hulme shows interest also):
From: Mike Hulme <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Fwd: BP funding
Date: Sat Nov 4 16:45:25 2000
Any idea who at Cambridge has been benefitting from this BP money?
From: “Simon J Shackley” <Mcysssjs@xxxxxxxxx.xxx>
Date: Thu, 2 Nov 2000 14:44:09 GMT
Subject: BP funding
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dear TC colleagues looks like BP have their cheque books out! How can TC benefit from
this largesse? I wonder who has received this money within Cambridge University?
17) BP, FORD GIVE $20 MILLION FOR PRINCETON UNIVERSITY
October 26, 2000
LONDON — BP Amoco Plc, the world’s No. 3 publicly traded oil
company, and Ford Motor Co. said they will give Princeton
University $20 million over 10 years to study ways to reduce
carbon-dioxide emissions from fossil fuels. BP said it will give
$15 million. Ford, the world’s second-biggest automaker, is
donating $5 million. The gift is part of a partnership between the
companies aimed at addressing concerns about climate change.
Carbon dioxide is the most common of the greenhouse gases believed
to contribute to global warming.
London-based BP said it plans to give $85 million in the next
decade to universities in the U.S. and U.K. to study environmental
and energy issues. In the past two years, the company has pledged
$40 million to Cambridge University, $20 million to the University
of California at Berkeley and $10 million to the University of
Colorado at Boulder.
“TC” in the message is the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, a collective effort among global warmists to promote their cause. Several from CRU were among its founders. With Climategate, the alarmists have neutered themselves from employing this strategy any longer against the climate realists.