The climate just heated up for the world’s most prominent academic climate change denier. Greenpeace, through the Freedom of Information Act, have revealed that Dr. Wei-Hock Soon received more than $1.25 million from oil companies and from petroleum foundations to publish faux science papers. Dr. Soon rebuts the overwhelming scientific consensus about man-made climate change, claiming that global warming is not man-made but is due to variations in the Sun’s energy.
Over the past decade Dr. Soon’s publications were financed to the tune of $1.25 million by Exxon Mobil, Southern Company, the American Petroleum Institute, and the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation. Soon didn’t disclose the money on at least 11 of his papers since 2008, which is a violation of the ethical guidelines of almost every academic journal.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) were instrumental in forging a consensus on climate change, so that worldwide, amongst the scientific and academic communities, the level of climate change consensus is 97%. The individual brilliance of the IPCC authors and their systematic monitoring and reviewing have been met by approval by scientists in all countries. The debate over climate change isn’t a debate over the science, that was decided and agreed upon years ago. It’s now a debate “over culture, worldviews and ideology,” academic Andrew J. Hoffman argued in the Stanford Social Innovation Review.
Climate science deniers – #Fakexperts – are rare in the scientific and academic communities, and most of these small subset are paid by the companies most responsible for global warming. Dr. Soon is one of those few who rebuts the overwhelming scientific consensus about man-made climate change. Before this public revelation of Dr. Soon’s corporate fossil fuel funders, he had been in hot demand among climate change skeptics, testifying before Congress and in state capitals.
Without an expertise in climatology, Dr. Soon has for years published papers that attempt to show how variations in the Sun’s energy can explain most recent global warming. Soon’s pseudoscience did not enjoy recognition from the scientific community, and he receiving no research grants from Nasa, the National Science Foundation, or other such institutions. According to the financial documents Greenpeace leaked, his work was funded almost entirely by the polluting fossil fuel lobby.
Dr. Soon has never been employed by Harvard. He is a part-time employee of the Smithsonian Institution with a doctoral degree in aerospace engineering. Beside the unethical behaviour of this academic, why would Congress and the public accept an aerospace engineer denying the climate change consensus? Would you want a climatologist engineering the airplanes you fly on? So why should an aerospace engineer be discussing our climate and the fate of Earth’s future?
The vast majority of experts have concluded that greenhouse emissions pose long-term risks to civilization. Historians and sociologists of science say that since the tobacco wars of the 1960s, corporations trying to block legislation that hurts their interests have employed a strategy of creating the appearance of scientific doubt, usually with the help of ostensibly independent researchers who accept industry funding. Fossil-fuel interests have followed this approach for years, but the mechanics of their activities remained largely hidden.