A couple of hours ago, Eli pointed out that the Richard Trolls of the world should be pumping up the Spirit of Mawson expedition as a return to the old time way of privately funding exploration. After all every bunny knows that goverment funding is the distorting devil, put into words by Richard Lindzen
it mostly comes down to the money—to the incentive structure of academic research funded by government grants. Almost all funding for climate research comes from the government, which, he says, makes scientists essentially vassals of the state. And generating fear, Lindzen contends, is now the best way to ensure that policymakers keep the spigot open."However Dear Richard is mighty displeased by the science of the Spirit of Mawson, and you know, he might even be right, but, OTOH, while in the world of his dreams money talks, it is not very good at expert peer review, something that is easy to lose in the world of private funding.