Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Tales of scientific misconduct: Soon edition

What do you do if your bought and paid for science business is uncovered? If you are Wei-Hock Soon, you go on attack. After reports that Soon's anti-climate change science was funded by coal and gas industry sources but he did not reveal this in his papers, leading the Smithsonian Institute, his employer to open an investigation, Soon charged that his critics are trying to silence him.
Wei-Hock Soon, a researcher at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, complained that he had been the subject of unfair attacks in the press. He ascribed them to “various radical environmental and politically motivated groups.”
Dr. Soon, who is known as Willie, added, “This effort should be seen for what it is: a shameless attempt to silence my scientific research and writings, and to make an example out of me as a warning to any other researcher who may dare question in the slightest their fervently held orthodoxy” on global warming.
Who released the statement? Not the Smithsonian or Harvard.

Instead, the statement was released by the Heartland Institute of Chicago, which supports and publicizes the work of scientists like Dr. Soon who deny the scientific consensus on climate change. Jim Lakely, a spokesman for the Heartland Institute, said Dr. Soon would not answer further questions.
I think we are in a position to make reasoned bets on who his new employer of record will be. 

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