Claims that have been repeatedly tested and found false are ignored until they present data.
There is nothing scientific about funding for science. It's more an engineering process.
At some point the bullshit gets so thick, the claim goes in the bucket with perpetual motion. No funding, no attention at all unless they present raw data and full instructions for the data's reproduction.
I more or less ignore the yahoos. If they believe something like this is 'disproven', they are 'close enough for liberal arts majors'. All they can do is add to 'noise', there is no 'signal' there anyhow. Those folks want a lot of things ('backed by the full weight of science.'), sucks to be them.