Who earns more money, government scientists or energy consultants?

Doubters frequently attempt to impugn the reputation of thousands of honest scientists (who are concerned about global warming) around the world, by accusing (without evidence) them of spinning the data just to increase their own research funding. This accusation certainly calls into question the ethics of the accuser (is that how they operate, and thus they expect everyone else to be so dishonest?). If money were the motivator for a PhD level physical research scientist or computer modeler, where would they likely work? In a government lab, under the fixed GS pay-scale? In private industry? Or as a consultant for an energy company? Let me get this straight: dpj5 would like a job sitting around doing nothing 8 hours a day for a lousy DMV level salary? That's quite a goal you have for your life. Larry hasn't yet figured out how to control his cap-lock key or he thinks that makes his words more convincing? And Jello thinks that in 1988 Hansen concocted a plan to promote global warming so the Heinz Foundation, in 2001, would provide a grant for his research? Wow, Hansen's prophetic skills are better than I thought! And FYI, Hansen didn't endorse Kerry (he actually likes McCain a lot more), he merely offered lukewarm support because he was one of many any-one-but-Bush voters. It's too bad none of you doubters have ever worked with real scientists, or you'd understand that they love to work and the idea of sitting on their rears all day merely to collect a meager salary is as appealing as eating chalk.

Asked By: Ken - 3/12/2008
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Generally speaking you make a better salary from private industry jobs than in acadamia or government institution positions... More
Answered By: Dana1981, Master of Science - 3/12/2008
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They would be working for the government. Have you ever been to the government run DMV, for example? They are slow, mostly (mostly...) uneducated and completely inefficient. And yet, they keep their jobs and get promoted. In the private sector, they'd be fired. So what job would you take? The job where you can be slack... More
Answered By: dpj5 - 3/12/2008
It is the government scientists that support global warming, along with NASA and most university's, all receiving funding from the government.
Answered By: Curtis - 3/12/2008
Let's see - Hansen received $250,000.00 to endorse John Kerry's Presidential campaign, was a paid consultant on Algore's movie "Truth", and the movie "Day after... More
Answered By: Dr Jello - 3/12/2008
All smart people get fabulously wealthy lying to skinheads. It's a highly lucrative business.
Answered By: Tuba in the Rose Parade - 3/12/2008
Where have you been lately, education is a sacred cow and most PH D's could not run a company that's why they stay and indoctrinate rather then teach. Most educational facilities are government funded and accountability is low and results are not important. I am sure there are scientist that are in the field for the... More
Answered By: Mark Anthony - 3/12/2008
Who wouldn't want to be a feather merchant where tenure is your whole existence?
Answered By: Pappy - 3/12/2008
IPCC energy consultants feeding at the UN trough.
Answered By: The Voice of Reason - 3/12/2008
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