Climate deniers often criticize climate scientists, saying they only find what they do for the money. However, leaked documents show the US thinktank, the Heartland Institute, has been making payments to experts and scientists to cast doubt on climate science.
The leaked Heartland Institute budget shows that the president and CEO, Joseph Blast, earns $145,000 a year, 2 or 3 times as much as most University or government scientists. Although Anthony Watts' Surface Station Project has been thoroughly discredited by the American Geophysical Union, he will receive $88,000 to continue it. His new project is to establish a website to take NOAA's temperature data and display it in graphical form. Interestingly, NASA already provides that. Perhaps he wishes to add some points.
Fred Singer will receive $5000 per month to tell us again that carbon dioxide is not a pollutant and Craig Idso will receive $11,600 per month to explain the wonders of increased carbon dioxide on plant growth, although world food crops seem to be declining. Bob Carter received a measly $1667 per month to claim that we don't know the cause of global warming but he thinks it's natural. His take is low because he has been challenged to prove that and so far has produced one weak, easily rebutted article.