Willie Soon: Powered by Exxon
July 1, 2011
No surprise to those who saw this video last year, Dr Willie Soon, one of the most frequently cited climate deniers with any science background, (although his Phd is in aerospace engineering, not climate..) is in the news, as a new Greenpeace report shows where the bodies are buried.
“The documents show that Willie Soon has received at least $175,000 from Koch family foundations (Soon is a key player in the Koch brothers’ climate denial machine, as Greenpeace documented previously), $230,000 from Southern Company, $274,000 from the American Petroleum Institute, and $335,000 from ExxonMobil, among other polluters.”
Soon is also well known as one of the authors of the pathetically flawed and inaccurate “study” originally mailed to scientists with the so-called “Oregon Petition” documents, wherein Dr.Arthur Robinson mocked the document up to make it appear to be from the august National Academy of Science, drawing a rare and stern rebuke from the Academy.
That sordid affair, of course, was the topic of yet another video, below.
Although not trained in epidemiology or toxicology, Dr. Soon has also questioned the toxic effects of mercury from coal plants, (“Mercury has always existed naturally in Earth’s environment”…sound familiar?) – and he has, although not a biologist, claimed that polar bears are not in danger from climate change. We await with great anticipation his collaboration with Lord Monckton on a cure for cancer.