A couple of posts back I said something snide about how right wing think tanks are not reality based. Actually, they're where failed academics go to get jobs that don't require them to do any actual research or make any sense. But you don't have to take my word for it. From The Guardian:
Scientists and economists have been offered $10,000 each by a lobby group funded by one of the world's largest oil companies to undermine a major climate change report due to be published today.
Letters sent by the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), an ExxonMobil-funded think tank with close links to the Bush administration, offered the payments for articles that emphasise the shortcomings of a report from the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). . .
But AEI "experts" get tons of face time on TV news gabfests, NPR, and your local birdcage liner's op-ed page, while people who actually know what they are talking about and tell the truth -- real scientists and policy experts who do original research, write peer-reviewed articles, engage in honest debate at scientific conferences, and who look for answers out there in reality instead of in the checkbooks of their corporate sponsors -- do not.