Sunday, February 22, 2015

Scientific Objectivity, For A Price

It's difficult to pass your research on climate change as "ground-breaking" or "the smoking gun" when you're taking millions from right-wing think tanks and corporations that want to see all of climate science and 98% of climate scientists "proven guilty of fraud".

For years, politicians wanting to block legislation on climate change have bolstered their arguments by pointing to the work of a handful of scientists who claim that greenhouse gases pose little risk to humanity.

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. 
The documents show that Dr. Soon, in correspondence with his corporate funders, described many of his scientific papers as “deliverables” that he completed in exchange for their money. He used the same term to describe testimony he prepared for Congress.

Though Dr. Soon did not respond to questions about the documents, he has long stated that his corporate funding has not influenced his scientific findings.

This guy is the 2015 equivalent of the studies by cigarette companies that show that smoking doesn't cause cancer.  At this point that's a laughable scientific stance t have on smoking, and hopefully this is the beginning of "climate change is a hoax" being just as laughable.

1 comment:

Horace Boothroyd III said...

My beef with Clarence Thomas is that, after he benefited mightily from the affirmative action possible for him to climb up the legal career ladder in the first place, he became so enraged by the way he was treated as an affirmative action beneficiary that he decided to make it impossible for anyone ever again to suffer the same indignities - by destroying affirmative action forever.

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