John Quiggin categorizes those that reject climate science into Tribalists, Ideologists, Hacks and sufferers of Emeritus disease.
Speaking of hacks, Bob Burton has discovered some more about Pat Michaels funding:
[New Hope Environmental Services], which he wholly owns, describes itself as “an advocacy science consulting firm.” These days, New Hope’s main activities are publishing the firm’s blog, World Climate Report, and helping anonymous clients to publicize “findings on climate change and scientific and social perspectives that may not otherwise appear in the popular literature or media.”
While both Michaels and New Hope Environmental Services are secretive about who their clients are, a little piece of their funding jigsaw is tucked away in the backblocks of the 2006 and 2007 (pdf’s – see page 10) annual returns of the Cato Institute. In its returns, Cato reports that since April 2006 they have paid $242,900 for the “environmental policy” services of Michaels’ firm.
And Jonathan Chait turns up this story:
Matthew B. Crawford has an essay in the New York Times magazine entitled “The Case for Working With Our Hands.” It’s an interesting read. What caught my eye was this passage, about the author’s disillusionment with conventionally intellectual work:
I landed a job as executive director of a policy organization in Washington. This felt like a coup. But certain perversities became apparent as I settled into the job. It sometimes required me to reason backward, from desired conclusion to suitable premise. The organization had taken certain positions, and there were some facts it was more fond of than others. As its figurehead, I was making arguments I didn’t fully buy myself. Further, my boss seemed intent on retraining me according to a certain cognitive style — that of the corporate world, from which he had recently come. This style demanded that I project an image of rationality but not indulge too much in actual reasoning.
What was the policy organization? The George C. Marshall Institute.