Try reading what I said. I said: "If you think they won't suddenly change their research interests when it is necessary to do so in order to continue to receive a paycheck, then you really don't understand the reality of what we are as human beings. There is nothing wrong with that of course."
Is there something wrong with that? No, people change their interests all the time to go where the money is.
Next I said: "What would be wrong would be to fudge the science to collect a paycheck. But if you think that people can consistently draw the ethical line there just because they have Ph.D. after their name, then you are a fool."
This is a hypothetical, generalized statement. Perhaps you misunderstood this. It is very clear to me that this statement does not imply that anyone that I know of is doing that, but that some scientist somewhere, probably is, even if in subtle ways that they can fool themselves about despite maintaining a belief that they would never falsify data and always maintain solid ethical standards. It also says that if someone is doing this, it would be wrong. That is all it says. Capisce?
Certainly if I knew of anyone doing that, I would have a duty to do something about it. But I don't. So I suggest you read things much more carefully, and if it's unclear, seek clarification before jumping to conclusions.
The real point is of course, that my statement is about the fact that humans behave according to incentives. This is always true despite the fact that we can simultaneously tell ourselves that we are acting rationally. We can act rationally sometimes, as in, we have the *potential* to exec. decisions based on rational thought. But that doesn't mean that this is always what we do, or that we ever do it at all. Most of the time in fact, human beings just do what they want, and rationalize it later. What is also true, is that we are nearly incapable of distinguishing which came first, the conclusion, or the thoughts leading up to it.
Yet many people believe that "people are rational." This is hogwash, and a self-delusion.
In the limit, there is some level of stress, for which any human being will act against their most deeply held moral principles.
At lower levels of stress, most of us also tend to engage in subtle deviations from perfect ethical conduct. Yet, we will vociferously deny this, or seek out social groups who affirm our modified ethics as still being ethical. We will go to great efforts to be part of an "in group" as well as to maintain our self concept.
These factors are at play in all human endeavors. It is most of the reason why all political systems throughout history ultimately lead to catastrophe, and why great screw-ups in science can occur.
Exactly what is going on with AGW, well I don't think anyone really knows for sure. Hopefully, time will tell.