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2015 SkS News Bulletin #2: Willie Soon & The Fossil Fuel Industry

Posted on 2 March 2015 by John Hartz

This bulletin inventories reactions to recent revelations made about Wiilie Soon's relationship with the fossil fuel industry while employed by the Smithsonian Institution at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

This bulletin also functions as a supplementary reading list to Dana's recently posted SkS article, Fossil fuel industry caught taking a page out of the tobacco playbook.

A Major Harvard Climate Change Denier Has Been Found to Be Dripping in Corporate Cash by Tom McKay, Science.Mic, Feb 22, 2015 

Climate Change Denier Wei-Hock Soon Mired In Controversy For Receiving Funds From Fossil Fuel Industry by Jim Algar, Tech Times, Feb 22, 2015

Climate Change Deniers Take Yet Another Hit by Kevin Drum, Mother Jones, Feb 22, 2015 

Climate Deniers’ Favorite Scientist Quietly Took Money From The Fossil Fuel Industry by Ryan Koronowski, Climate Progress, Feb 22, 2015

Climate Denyin' Scientist Willie Soon Says 'I'm Lovin' It'... by Brendan Montague, DeSmog Blog, Feb 23, 2015 

Climate skeptic’s fossil fuel funding puts spotlight on journal conflict policies by  

Climate Sceptic’s Fossil Fuel Funding Exposed by Andy Rowell, Oil Change International, Feb 23, 2014 

Contrarian Scientist Who Says Sun is Responsible for Global Warming is Accused of Taking Corporate Cash for Science by Tom Yulsman, Discover, Feb 21, 2015 

Deeper Ties to Corporate Cash for Doubtful Climate Researcher by Justin Gillis & John Schwartz, New York Times, Feb 21, 2015

Documents Reveal Fossil Fuel Fingerprints on Contrarian Climate Research by David Hasemyer, InsideClimate News, Feb 21, 2015 

How Often Were Willie Soon’s Industry-Funded “Deliverables” Referenced by the IPCC? by Ben Jervy, DeSmog Blog, Feb 23, 2015

Leading climate change denier was paid by energy companies by Lizzie Plaugic, The Verge, Feb 22, 2015

No, the sun isn’t driving global warming by Chris Mooney, Energy & Environment, Washington Post, Feb 23, 2015

Senator Markey questions climate studies by Sylvan Lane, Boston Globe, Feb 22, 2015 

Work of prominent climate change denier was funded by energy industry by Suzanne Goldenberg, Guardian, Feb 21, 2015

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  1. Wiilie Soon's relationship with the fossil fuel industry while employed by the Smithsonian Institution at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

    The Smithsonian policies are explicit: all fundings go the Insitute, not to individual scientists. Agreements are signed by its administration, not individual scienitsts. The Institue retains 40% of the grant amount for its administration.

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