What a surprise to find out that yet another supposedly reputable university has been caught red handed scamming the tax payer by collecting funds to promote an agenda on global warming that suits government rhetoric. The Daily Mail which exposed the fraud wrote:

“An investigation by The Mail on Sunday also reveals that when the Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy (CCCEP) made a bid for more Government funds, it claimed it was responsible for work that was published before the organisation even existed. Last night, our evidence was described by one leading professor whose work was misrepresented as ‘a clear case of fraud – using deception for financial gain’. The chairman of the CCCEP since 2008 has been Nick Stern, a renowned global advocate for drastic action to combat climate change.

It went on to find:

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), which has given the CCCEP £9 million from taxpayers since 2008, has never checked the organisation’s supposed publication lists, saying they were ‘taken on trust’;

Some of the papers the CCCEP listed have nothing to do with climate change – such as the reasons why people buy particular items in supermarkets and why middle class people ‘respond more favourably’ to the scenery of the Peak District than their working class counterparts;

Papers submitted in an explicit bid to secure further ESRC funding not only had nothing to do with the CCCEP, they were published before it was founded;
The publication dates of some of these papers on the list are incorrect – giving the mistaken impression that they had been completed after the CCCEP came into existence.”

If we are truly to live in fear of the perils of a warming planet shouldn’t the “evidence” be so compelling as to negate the need for fraudulent behavior? Do these climate alarmists truly believe cheating is the best way to achieve their goals? Do they champion the same hypocrisy of the 50,000 annual pilgrims who fly half way around the world to kneel at the altar of the UNIPCC, another widely discredited body?

The climate debate can’t be settled if the work of fraudsters tries to force an agenda. There shouldn’t be any agenda. The fact this activity continues only alienates more people from action. Then again most climate alarmists I know have consumption patterns far removed from that of someone petrified of burning to a crisp…

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