And it’s about time. Soon is a dishonest hack, one of the climate change deniers who exploited his prestigiously titled position as a researcher at the Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics (Oooh! Sciencey!) to claim authority in attacks on more credible climate scientists, and he’s been very popular on the denialist side of things.
Now his own boss is admitting that he violated disclosure principles by failing to reveal his industry connections. You might be wondering what connections, and how much did he get?
Over the last 14 years Willie Soon, a researcher at the Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics , received a total of $1.25m from Exxon Mobil, Southern Company, the American Petroleum Institute (API) and a foundation run by the ultra-conservative Koch brothers, the documents obtained by Greenpeace through freedom of information filings show.
According to the documents, the biggest single funder was Southern Company, one of the country’s biggest electricity providers that relies heavily on coal.
On the one hand, he’s clearly on the take — over a million dollars from fossil-fuel polluting industries is persuasive.
But on the other hand…that’s over 14 years. Selling your Harvard-associated soul is only worth less than $100,000/year? Jebus. I wasn’t going to sell out my University of Minnesota associated soul to the creationists for anything less than a lump sum of $10 million, plus a $1 million yearly annuity for life.
Goddamn you, Willie Soon, you cheap fraud, you destroyed my retirement package!