In one of her lectures, Naomi Oreskes, just like you, argued that scientists are incapable of pulling off the Greatest Conspiracy of All Time to Perpetrate Climate Fraud. They are too independent and competitive. Besides, she quipped, they are too disorganized. But she was being disingenuous.
In explaining the present lamentable state of climate science we don’t have to resort to a vast, world-wide, top-down, command and control conspiracy. That’s silly. What I have been arguing is that global warming has become a world-wide social movement with many actors and many motivations. What they have in common is the conviction that global warming serves their agendas. Radical environmentalists, population controllers, rent-seeking corporations, socialists, and world government types are all in the mix.
Positioned at the heart of this movement is the IPCC, an organization of governments dedicated to promoting the CO2 theory of global warming. It was founded by a group led by Maurice Strong, the Canadian UN apparatchic. Self-described as a communist in theory and capitalist in methodology, Strong was a billionaire and ardent Club of Rome guy.
Over time the IPCC has positioned itself as the world’s leading climate expert. While around several thousand scientists participate in the writing of the IPCC reports every 6 or 7 years, a relative handful actually write the reports and an even small number write the all-important summaries for policymakers.
The IPCC bureaucracy is dominated by representatives of green, socialist, and similar groups. Over time skeptical scientists have learned that they need not apply, and the scientists who do participate are pretty uniform in their support for the party line.
Over time IPCC types have expanded their influence. Key IPCC types have come to dominate the National Academy of Science and the British Royal Society. The ranks of NASA, NOAA, National Science Foundation… are full of IPCC supporters.
Coincident with the rise of the IPCC has been the surge in funding of climate science in the US. Eisenhower was famous for warning us about the military industrial complex. Not so well-known is his warning about the rise of a scientific technological elite driven by government money. Richard Lindzen from MIT, who watched it all happen, comments that a lot of people got rich and famous by promoting global warming. The heads of leading scientific societies have publicly stated that they will be willing tools for the regulatory state.