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Science in the Public Square: Global Climate Alarmism and Historical Precedents

October 15, 2013

Rent-seeking is undermining the value of climate science. As valuable as science is, it has always been problematic as an institution. All but the independently wealthy among scientists needed institutional homes requiring outside funding.

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Rent-seeking is undermining the value of climate science. As valuable as science is, it has always been problematic as an institution. All but the independently wealthy among scientists needed institutional homes requiring outside funding. In some fields, including climate, the government has a near monopoly on science funding. The quest ever increasing funding invites rent-seeking by scientists, university administration, and government bureaucracies. And nothing garners attention and funding as consistently as disaster.

Author
Richard Lindzen, Ph.D. is an Emertius Professor of Meteorology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
rlindzen@mit.edu