Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Deeper Ties to Corporate Cash for Doubtful Climate Researcher

From the New York Times:

One of the names they invoke most often is Wei-Hock Soon, known as Willie, a scientist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics who claims that variations in the sun’s energy can largely explain recent global warming. He has often appeared on conservative news programs, testified before Congress and in state capitals, and starred at conferences of people who deny the risks of global warming.

But newly released documents show the extent to which Dr. Soon’s work has been tied to funding he received from corporate interests.

He has accepted more than $1.2 million in money from the fossil-fuel industry over the last decade while failing to disclose that conflict of interest in most of his scientific papers. At least 11 papers he has published since 2008 omitted such a disclosure, and in at least eight of those cases, he appears to have violated ethical guidelines of the journals that published his work.

More here.

I've been saying for some years now that the controversy over global warming, the actual controversy, among actual climatologists, has been over for a very long time, and that the only remaining dissenters are on Big Oil's payroll. Of course, I'm absolutely right about that. And this guy's not even a climatologist.