I actually think a paper showing no global warming due to human will not affect any funding, as long as it follows all the scientific methodologies. In fact, that will boost the author(s)’ reputation when it sends a shock wave through the community. The persecution we’ve seen in race and gender research isn’t from the scientific community. It mostly comes from the general population.
I have long lost faith in the media. However, I always believe many people(including you and me) on this forum can look past all the hypes from the media and focus on facts and logic.
It’s not uncommon to edit the data whenever errors were discovered or improvements were made. I even found errors in my advisor’s PhD thesis when I was in the graduate program. He’s from a top ranking program in this country. It is good to make no mistakes at all, but it’s hard to do in reality. That’s why consensus or percentage of the research matters. Modeling to predict what’s coming next is extremely difficult, as in short term it appears to be more random. It is just like a coin toss, you cannot predict reliably what’s coming next, but you can predict the output statistically.
I agree earth’s climate will always change. There isn’t any guarantee it will be always livable. But if we find something we can act on to delay the inevitable, we should try it. The consequence of otherwise is too devastating.