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The author, Robert M Carter argues against Anthropogenic Global Warning and his book is called Climate: the counter consensus. In it he makes two related claims: that the cumulative funding on climate research bureaucracy and advocacy by western governments exceeds $100 billion and the current rate of spending is in excess of $10 billion per year. In his words (I'd quote the page but I can't fathom how to extract it from my Mac Kindle app):

...global warming alarmism is fuelled by an estimated worldwide expenditure on related research and greenhouse bureaucracy of more than US$10 billion annually.

and

...an estimated expenditure since 1990 of around $100 billion ($79 billion in the USA alone)...

Have western governments spent $100bn on climate change and are they spending $10bn a year?

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    "related research and greenhouse bureaucracy" seems like a pretty vague term, and therefore probably impossible to verify without additional source information. Furthermore, that $100bn number, as I read it, could go for funding on both sides of the debate, making it an even less interesting claim, IMO. – Flimzy May 8 '12 at 2:38
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    That’s comparing apples and oranges: on the one hand, we’ve got cost of lobbyism (like the Unabomber posters … what a hoot’n a half!) and on the other hand research, spanning decades. That said, yes, this number seems prohibitively large, and I’d be interested in finding out whether it’s true, and if so, what it’s composed of. – Konrad Rudolph May 8 '12 at 8:41
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    @Flimzy The term is not so much vague as deliberately pejorative. But the claim is clear: government spending on activity related to climate change is large. There should be good public sources accounting for most of that spend. – matt_black May 8 '12 at 10:08
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    @matt_black I understand that authors need to make a living by selling books, but the only reason I would pick up a climate change denial book is to look at the references in the back of the book. Non-fiction authors should cite their references publicly so their obvious FUD claims can be exposed for what they are. – maple_shaft May 8 '12 at 11:13
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    This is going to be impossible to analyze unless we know where Carter claims to get his figures from. Can you quote us whatever reference (if any) he uses for these figures? – DJClayworth May 8 '12 at 13:10

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