While warmists are always looking for and inferring vast sums of business funding devoted to the sceptics, the annual total is a matter of mere millions, a tiny percentage of that lavished on the promoters of global warming and emission reduction policies.
Jo Nova has a blog on the US government budget expenditure on promoting the issue and subsidising low emission alternatives. For the five years ending the sum total was $68 billion. Much of this was under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. US spending other than ARRA amounts to about $8 billion a year.
In yet another example of plucky Australia “punching above its weight”, in an economy less than 10 per cent the size of the US, the Australian Government is this year budgetted to spend $2.7 billion. As a share of GDP that is 3-4 times what the miserly Obama Administration spends!
In the good old days when the Rudd/Gillard Government was was keen to triumphantly parade its intended wasteful spending in pursuit of measures to ameliorate global warming and its associated floods, diseases and famines, the Climate Change Department used to add up and publish the expenditure numbers – albeit even then it understated expenditures by not including deaprtmental overheads or ad hoc spending by Departments like Treasury.
Nowadays this has to be retrieved from examinations of Budget documents. For 2012/13 the breakdown of the numbers is:
|Department||Budgeted Spending 2012/3 ($M)|
|Energy & Resources||627|
|Sustainablility & Water||589|
And the Australian numbers exclude the $20 billion of taxpayer’s money to be spent, borrowed or provided in guarrentees for non-fossil, non-nuclear energy under the Clean Energy Fund.