Originally Posted by Saul Good
That post came full circle. You start out talking about research money and then finish by implying that you can't trust those with a vested financial interest.
There isn't any money in saying that the sky isn't falling (if you're a researcher). What does that say for their motivations?
There is no profit motive in distribution of government funds on the part of the government. For years, including research into Fracking for oil and Natural Gas was paid for by the Government. (The bulk of expenditures by the US GS has been in furthering mining and drilling activities for example.) That is not the case for the Fossil Fuel industry. You may think the investigators have motives to increase their funding but most of those assets are for equipment acquisitions and little to the investigators themselves by comparison. And any real malfeasance is pretty open to investigation compared to Corporations ability to act secretively.
Even a superstitious man has certain inalienable rights. He has a right to harbor and indulge his imbecilities as long as he pleases. . . He has a right to argue for them as eloquently as he can, in season and out of season. He has a right to teach them to his children. But certainly he has no right to be protected against the free criticism of those who do not hold them. He has no right to demand that they be treated as sacred. He has no right to preach them without challenge." -H.L. Mencken