In a widely cited study, Drexel University sociologist Robert Brulle claims to expose a “Climate Change Counter Movement” that, from 2003-2010, enjoyed an average annual income of over $900 million. After correcting for Brulle’s poor methodology, the inflated Brulle Number of $1.51 billion (for 2010) plummets to $0.1 billion—a decrease of 93 percent.
Dr. Steven J. Allen, CRC’s vice president & chief investigative officer, undertakes the analysis Brulle should have produced, cutting his billion-dollars-a-year figure down to size. Dr. Allen corrected Brulle’s sloppy methodology by counting spending, not income and by isolating global warming expenditures.
One last inconvenient truth: all the nonprofit funding on both sides can’t compare to what the federal government spends on climate change programs and messages. Kenneth Haapala looks at the total U.S. expenditures on climate change from FY 1993 to 2014 and finds they exceeded $166 billion in 2012 dollars.
Kenneth Haapala provides background on the decades-long debate over global warning, explaining how an educated guess in the 1970s led to projections of climate change that have failed to be borne out by the evidence, despite massive funding of the search for that evidence.
The debate over climate change has a much longer history than most people realize, CRC has assembled a collection of scientific predictions of climate disasters—both hot and cold—from the last 122 years.