Exactly, a money grab. And the alarmists wouldn't have conferences all over the planet- they'd stay home and have virtual meetings. And anyone who truly believes that man-made global warming is going to be a disaster would personally stop consuming, stop burning fossil fuels, stop using electricity, etc., but they don't. Some eco-loons do, but the principles proponents of AGW don't (Al Gore, e.g.). Just send research dollars so they can figure out how to warp "facts" to fit their predictions and why their predictions are wrong. I'm looking forward to the discovery phase of Michael Mann's lawsuit against Mark Steyn and NRO. Should be enlightening.