Coalition to Govern America
October 11, 2015
We've often discussed the problem of real, objective scientific research becoming extinct due to federal and corporate grants. Once researchers accept grant money, they are beholden to the entities who control the purse strings. Such holds true for today's so-called "climate researchers".
The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus has just made an outrageous claim that kidney disease is being caused by Global Warming. The sensational statement was published by EurekAlert, a publication that is operated by the non-profit American Association for the Advancement of Science, an organization that describes itself as the "world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science as well as Science Translational Medicine, Science Signaling, and a digital, open-access journal, Science Advances."
A mysterious kidney disease that has killed over 20,000 people in Central America, most of them sugar cane workers, may be caused by chronic, severe dehydration linked to global climate change, according to a new study by Richard J. Johnson, MD, of the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. "This could be the first epidemic directly caused by global warming," said Johnson, professor of medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and a world-renowned expert on the underlying causes of obesity, kidney disease, diabetes and hypertension. "Some districts of Nicaragua have been called the `land of widows' due to the high mortality rates occurring among the male workers from chronic kidney disease."
Johnson elaborates further in a video:
Notice that Dr. Johnson indicated that more studies would need to be done to further confirm the results. New studies would require additional funding. A news release by the university revealed that the institution is already the recipient of hundreds of millions of dollars in federal "research" grants.
University of Colorado faculty researchers on four campuses secured more than $847 million in sponsored research funding in fiscal year 2009-10 to advance scientific work in laboratories and in the field, remaining highly competitive among peers despite the economic downturn.
According to preliminary numbers, the university's sponsored research funding for 2009-10 dwarfs the record $711 million CU researchers drew in fiscal year 2008-09. However, one-time federal stimulus dollars allocated through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, or ARRA, boosted the total received in the 2009-10 fiscal year.
To date, CU researchers have won nearly $162 million in stimulus grants to support work in virtually every fieldfrom cancer research to renewable energy. Federal agencies such as the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and NASA provided a much-needed infusion of ARRA-funded research grants, but these dollars will disappear when the stimulus act sunsets at the end of fiscal year 2010-11. Because many research projects in this reporting period received ARRA dollars intertwined with traditional funding sources, it is difficult to break out stimulus dollars by fiscal year.
You can read the full press release here.
Claims that global warming is causing kidney disease are being made even as climate alarmist statements of the past are proven false. For example, German Meteorologist Pierre L. Gosselin points out that in 2014 natural disasters were way down.
The Geneva-Switzerland based International Federation of the Red Cross recently released its 2014 Natural Disaster Report, according to the German online daily BILD here. If anything, the news is very good – with huge drops in losses.
Moreover US hurricane and tornado activity trends since 1950 have remained flat or are decreasing respectively.
The full report, citied by Mr. Gosselin is located here (pdf). Not very good news for alarmists who wish to use the threat of global catastrophes to ratchet up the fear and force taxation and control down the throats of the people.
The impact of politicized "science" is increasingly a concern as agendas call for more and more control over human behavior, wealth, and quality of life. Scientific research must be based upon objective facts, not money-driven agendas.
Recently, Sierra Club President Aaron Mair was asked by Sen. Ted Cruz to explain their statement that science behind global warming "should not be up for debate". Cruz noted that warming alarmists frequently use ground temperature data, while ignoring the much more reliable satellite data. He questioned Mair whether they would print a retraction if they were proven wrong about global warming by hard, scientific data. Mair refused to answer the question.
This exchange is proof that the global warming / climate change alarmism has nothing to do with science. It is about money, political agendas, and ultimately, control of the population.
Below: I couldn't resist posting a comment on the university's YouTube video about this.