Firm believers in global warming are ganging up to attack the integrity of an Harvard astrophysicist, Breitbart reports.
Dr. Willie Soon’s crime was to publish a peer-reviewed study showing that climate models are simply running too hot – they overestimate temperature increases.
Climate change advocates are not attacking the facts of his study, which seem to agree with satellite data showing no warming for over 18 years. Instead, they are looking for conflicts of interest, for dark money that might have influenced his research. The New York Times took the lead by reporting that Soon received many donations from the fossil fuel industry, which they believe constitutes a conflict of interest.
It’s not the first time that Dr. Soon received attacks for his person rather than his science. Back in 2008 when the Climategate scandal was made public, it was shown that those involved believed “that the peer-review process at Climate Research has been hijacked by a few skeptics on the editorial board,” because he was able to publish in a peer-reviewed journal. Prominent global warming advocates Michael Mann and Tom Wigley then tried to smear Soon as hard as they could so he wouldn’t publish reports Junk Science
Interestingly enough, climate change believers seem to appreciate fossil-fuel money when it goes to themselves. Investigative reporter Donna Laframboise revealed that World Wildlife Fund, the Sierra Club and the Nature Conservancy all received tens of millions of dollars from oil companies.
Nor do they try to hide their political connections. The Climate Depot published a flashback article showing that global warming “fighter” Jim Hansen received money from the Heinz Foundation, headed by John Kerry’s wife Teresa back in 2004 in the midst of the presidential elections.