February 22, 2015
According to documents, Wei-Hock Soon, prominent “climate denier” and scientist has taken millions from oil corporations in exchange for research showing climate change is not man-made; yet omitted this information from studies claiming that the sun is effecting Earth’s climate changes.
Soon took an estimated $1.2 million from giants in the fossil fuels industry for scientific research papers published in credible journals since 2008.
Shockingly, the studies paid for by fossil fuels companies were presented to the US Congress in testimony given on the findings.
And of course, Soon adamantly denies his financial involvement with any oil corporation.
Disclosing possible compromises to scientific research is an ethical requirement; including naming the corporations or special interest groups a scientist may have received funding from or is aligned with.
Charles Alcock, director of the HSC said Soon’s behavior was “inappropriate [and] this frankly becomes a personnel matter, which we have to handle with Dr. Soon internally.”
Naomi Oreskes, science historian for Harvard University said of Soon : “The whole doubt-mongering strategy relies on creating the impression of scientific debate. Willie Soon is playing a role in a certain kind of political theater.”
Soon is an aerospace engineer and part-time employee at the Solar and Stellar Physics department with the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (HSCA) who has become famous for scientific research showing that “variations in the sun’s energy can largely explain recent global warming.”
In 2003, Soon was a co-author of a study that warned: “The 20th century is probably not the warmest nor a uniquely extreme climatic period of the last millennium.”
To come to this conclusion, Soon and his colleague used “data [that was] reflective of changes in moisture , rather than temperature, failed to distinguish between regional and hemispheric mean temperature anomalies [and] reconstructed past temperatures from proxy evidence not capable of resolving decadal trends.”
Funding for Soon from fossil fuel companies includes:
• $409,000 from Southern Company
• $203,000 from Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation
• Hundreds of thousands from Donors Trust
Back in 2011, Soon’s ties to oil corporations was exposed in the media through documents provided by Greenpeace under a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.
This request showed that Koch gave Soon $175,000 in 2005, 2006 and 2010.
The American Petroleum Institute paid Soon $274,000 from 2001 and 2007 with grant monies totaling $335,000 provided by ExxonMobil.
Soon was given more funding from the Mobil Foundation, Texaco Foundation and the Electric Power Research Institute.
In 2015, Soon co-authored another study with William M. Briggs, David Legates, and Lord Christopher Monckton that stated the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) exaggerated temperature predictions.
Conveniently this study was funded in part by oil corporations and this information was not disclosed before submitting the findings for peer-review.