Last week, the name of scientists Wei Hock “Willie” Soon [pictured] became popular after a report revealed that his researches on climate change involved a funding of $1.3M from private interest groups such as Exxon Mobil and Koch Industries. Soon is one of the scientists who said that climate change has nothing to do with human activities and that it is inevitable part of the evolution process.
Soon is criticized for failing to declare any potential conflicts of interest in his papers after receiving money from oil companies.
Soon is a part-time researcher at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.
In his response to the accusations, Soon said that, his critics are part of “various radical environmental and politically motivated groups.”
“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,” said Soon.
After the news broke, Smithsonian Institution started an investigation to determine whether Soon violated ethical standards in his research.
The news broke about Soon’s involvement with the oil companies who gave him money when Greenpeace, a nonprofit organization obtained the information through the Freedom of Information Act.
“If a journal that has peer-reviewed and published my work concludes that additional disclosures are appropriate, I am happy to comply,” read Dr. Soon’s statement. “I would ask only that other authors — on all sides of the debate — are also required to make similar disclosures.”
Soon’s statement was released through the Chicago’s Heartland Institute.
“He’s a brilliant and courageous scientist devoted entirely to pursuing scientific knowledge,” said the organization’s president, Joseph Bast. “His critics are all ethically challenged and mental midgets by comparison.”
Bast is the president of Chicago Heartland Institute.