In 2009, there was a faux controversy called Climategate, in which a climate change research server was hacked and private emails were leaked. This event was then spun to create the impression that human-caused climate change was all a big conspiracy.
What exactly was the alleged motive for these scientists to make up climate change?
Easy; they did it for that sweet, sweet grant money. A 2018 article by the Heritage Foundation think tank entitled “Follow the (Climate Change) Money” makes the same claim. (Speaking of following the money, the Heritage Foundation itself received money from ExxonMobil until 2012).
(Grant) money makes a straightforward motive for any suspicious shenanigans in the scientific community. Just say the right things in your grant application and Uncle Sam will drop a fat stack of cash on your doorstep. Who wouldn’t fudge their data a bit to live like a king off of the National Science Foundation?
Except….that’s not how grants work at all.