Prominent global warming denier Willie Soon admits $1 million in corporate fossil fuel industry funding since 2001, denies that it affects his opinions
June 30, 2011
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Climate sceptic Willie Soon received $1m from oil companies, papers show | Environment | guardian.co.uk.
Willie Soon, an aerospace engineer who somehow became a prominent climate skeptic admitted he’s received massive amounts of fossil fuel industry funding, including from the Koch Brothers, Exxon Mobil, and others. The information was uncovered by a FOIA request from the Society for Proving the Obvious. Oh wait, it’s actually Greenpeace.
“I have never been motivated by financial reward in any of my scientific research,” Said Soon. “I would have accepted money from Greenpeace if they had offered it to do my research.”
Well being unable to refuse money on an equal basis doesn’t mean that money won’t cause bias. But has it affected his research? Well, in addition to deny global warming, Soon insists that mercury emissions from the coal industry are not harmful. You be the judge.
My guess is that Soon’s funding is just the tip of the iceberg. These companies make billions and billions of dollars – they can afford a lot more than $100,000 a year to buy out a single scientist. Look out for future revelations about how much these companies spend on other scientists, lobbyists, and political campaigns.