5-21-15 – The Attack on Dr. Soon

by John McClaughry

If you follow the climate change controversy, you may have noticed last month’s attacks by the climate believers against Dr. Willie Soon, a distinguished physicist employed by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. For years Dr. Soon has argued that the influence of solar and orbital variations has more to do with global temperatures than human caused carbon dioxide emissions.

The climate change mafia struck back by saying that the Harvard-Smithsonian Center had received $1.2 million from the fossil fuel industry to support Dr. Soon’s research, and thus he was a paid shill for the industry.

The critics couldn’t and didn’t challenge Dr. Soon’s scientific findings, and no impropriety was ever demonstrated.

The critics attack article in the journal Nature Climate Change concluded by saying that their research, unlike Soon’s, was untainted by special interest money. And the media bought it hook, line and sinker.

But research by the skeptical Heartland Institute and others produced a startling finding. The people who criticized Dr. Soon themselves had pocketed $45 million dollars from the Environmental Protection Agency.

Dr. Soon’s friends pointed out that “It’s a safe bet each of these co-authors will seek more funding from EPA in the future. Since EPA had already determined it was going to restrict carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, does anyone really believe the study would find the proposed restrictions are unjustified? Does anyone believe if it had, EPA would continue to reward the authors with continued generous research funding?”

Let’s face it: “climate change” is a potent special interest , most of it funded through billions of dollars annually in government grants and contracts, all to validate what the people currently in charge of government want the American people to believe.

– John McClaughry is vice president and founder of the Ethan Allen Institute. 

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