An extensive study into the financial networks that support groups denying the science behind climate change and opposing political action has found a vast, secretive web of think tanks and industry associations, bankrolled by conservative billionaires.
But… why are they doing this? It cannot just be dullard obstinacy or short term self-interest to preserve the value of coal interests. http://arstechnica.com/science/2013/12/billion-dollar-climate-denial-network-exposed/
Could they be taking short positions on coastal properties? And maintaining buy-calls by convincing fools that the sea levels won't rise? Are they aware that a radicalized future will look for exactly that kind of correlation, when looking for goats to scape for all the pain? Are they truly certain that the computers of 2030 will be unable to parse every twisted scheme… or that the homes of the schemers will not be given to climate refugees?
No, there are no levels at which they are passing the IQ test. Alas, because it would be better to be ruled by genius lords than dismally self-delusional ones.