supamark wrote:btw, they're mostly PhD's and MS's and make what others with their education working in research make (about 100K/year as a prof at a research university for example). the research grants pay for doing the research and hiring assistants (usually college students at univerisities), not their salary.
Their job security depends on their grant-grabbing ability you moron. No grants -> no contract.
So if some elected politician decides to have money for corn-ethanol you better have a proposal for that even if you know damn well that corn-ethanol is bullshit.
at major research universities, it's really about publishing fucktard. sure you gotta write some bullshit grant proposal (which is a big part of "grant grabbing") to get money to pay for the research, but that has nothing to do with the actual results. or how much money the researcher makes. you find real evidence that AGW is bullshit, you'll get published and you'll not lose your job.
If you've spent any time in academia as you claim, you'd know falsifying data is a sure way to not only lose your job, but keep you from getting another one as well. nobody who isn't already in the employ of the corn ethanol industry is writing any sort of research that says corn ethanol is a good idea jackass.
or take the easy way out and take the oil/coal money and don't worry about doing real science.