Another Climate Propaganda Unit Funded at the University of Chicago

Source: SPPI

by Dennis Ambler

$6 million grant to fund center for robust decision?making on climate

“The Computation Institute at the University of Chicago is leading a new multi?institutional, interdisciplinary center to build tools to help governments, the private sector and individuals make better?informed decisions relating to both climate and energy policies and the long?term consequences of climate change.

The effort will bring together collaborators at nine institutions under the auspices of a new Center for Robust Decision Making on Climate and Energy Policy, supported by a five?year, $6 million grant from the National Science Foundation as part of the Decision?Making Under Uncertainty program.”

I think “collaborators” is an appropriate term!

“The Center will consist of experts in economics, physical sciences, energy technologies, law, computational mathematics, statistics and computer science. The group will undertake a series of tightly connected research programs aimed at improving the computational models needed to evaluate energy and climate policies and guide decisions based on outcomes.”

This is yet another new institution with a core of believer scientists, with the same agenda and the same sources, and it will add to the “scientific consensus” in the “count of institutions” supporting the agenda. Core believers include Robin Hankin and Rachel Warren, from the UK Tyndall Centre. Warren is a long term CRU warmer, associate of Tom Wigley (former CRU and now NCAR) on modelling, involved with the MAGICC model with Wigley, one of the main climate models used by IPCC over the years.

Others include Ray Pierrehumbert, a member of RealClimate and an IPCC lead author, Michael Stein, David Weisbach, “Design of a tax on greenhouse gas emissions for the United States”, Rob Jacob, climate modeller, and Rao Kotamarthi, IPCC.

I think we can guess what we will get for the $6million, although “climategate” has obviously had an impact:

“A unique feature of CIM?EARTH will be the open science philosophy. All source code will be open, enabling independent scholars and policymakers to review its assumptions and provide feedback for enhancements. All models, data and tools developed by the Center will be available to the community, both as standalone components and as an integrated modeling framework. Furthermore, CIM?EARTH will include user?friendly interfaces that will allow others to investigate their own variants of CIM?EARTH with no major coding effort.”

“Preliminary work on the Center was enabled by a $350,000 grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.”

McArthur Foundation has funded amongst others, the Tides Center; the Tides Foundation; the World Resources Institute; the Environmental Law Institute; the Brookings Institution; the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund;Natural Resources Defense CouncilFriends of the Earth, EarthJustice Legal Defense Fund; the Aspen Institute, Union of Concerned Scientists; the Environmental Defense Fund

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