Big Warming, it turns out, likes to use opposition to raise money. In fact, Mrs. Sen. Mark Udall could learn a few lessons, assuming, of course, that she hasn’t already.
One of the high priests of global warming, Phil Jones, back in 2005 wrote to his fellow members of the priesthood that something profitable might be afoot.
“The skeptics seem to be building up a head of steam here !” Jones wrote to Michael Mann and a few others. “Maybe we can use this to our advantage to get the series updated !”
By “series,” he meant the data used to create the long-since discredited “hockey stick” purporting to show that global temperatures have risen sharply and by “updated” he might have meant “rescued from perdition.”
The most important thing was that he could parlay being discredited into a big cash payday, and from taxpayers at that.
Jones’ e-mail was among tens of thousands released by Mr. FOIA, and there are likely more illuminating emails yet to be discovered.
But the thing that this email shows is that moneygrubbing is nothing new for Big Warming.
Of course, we knew that by the fact that Mrs. Sen. Mark Udall pulls down 250 large, which makes her a piker by Al Gore standards, but still no small player.
Under any similar circumstance, a revelation of the likes of the Jones email would spark a congressional investigation.
Not this one though. Big Warming looks out for its friends.