In statistics class, students learn that results can be biased if a biased organization funds research that has a material impact on the organization’s revenue. In expressing my reluctance to support all claims put forth by Al Gore, I joined a fanpage on Facebook to discuss “Climategate.” After a conversation about the topic with a friend on Facebook, my friend produced the quote of the year (in my opinion):
If you can’t trust state funded scientists, who can you trust?
Uhhh… government’s response to climate change is not revenue neutral. In fact, most of what research organizations subsidized by taxpayers say happens to generate more revenue for themselves. In other words, government-funded research can hardly be considered unbiased.
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