"Climate change was a $300 billion U.S. industry in 2013, the Climate Change Business Journal reported, and worth $1.4 trillion worldwide," the Charlotte Observer reported on Friday.
In the United States, film industry revenues are only $10 billion a year. Small wonder Leonardo DiCaprio and others are diversifying into climate change; it is 30 times as lucrative.
And the Charlotte Observer story was about how a tax-exempt company in Asheville, North Carolina, wants to cash in on climate superstition.
From the Charlotte Observer:
The renovated top floor of a downtown bank building opened this month with a new purpose: Making money from Asheville’s mountains of climate data.
The Collider, a nonprofit that will offer work and meeting space as it chases market opportunities, is the latest expansion of a growing local industry that pairs climate science with business.
“This is Asheville’s moon shot, an opportunity to do something that’s kind of undiscovered,” chief executive Bill Dean said of Asheville’s climate cluster.
Climate science has been a quiet force in Asheville for decades. The federal government moved its weather archives to the city in 1951, in part because it was an unlikely target of enemy attacks or hurricanes.
The National Centers for Environmental Information, headquartered in a sleek building at the edge of downtown, now house the world’s largest climate archive. Access to data and expertise from its 184-member staff make NCEI the hub of Asheville’s climate sector.
The building’s basement holds yellowing records written by Thomas Jefferson and digital data that, if converted to stacked discs, would tower nearly four miles high. NCEI is still the research base for nine of the 17 climate change scientists who contributed to work that won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.
Their work is increasingly relevant. Last year was the hottest on record and inflicted the extreme weather, such as droughts and floods, that climate experts say the globe will see more often.
That gloomy forecast poses business opportunities. Fifteen to 20 companies have opened in Asheville in the past five years to turn climate and environmental data into products and services.The story goes on and on without any input from an actual scientist who is skeptical.
The Greatest Generation's moon shot was going to the moon.
Ours is looting the U.S. Treasury.