Willie Soon received over $1.2 million for his research

Willie Soon received over $1.2 million for his research

As per Greenpeace reports, Wei-Hock (Willie) Soon, a part-time researcher at Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, has received more than $1.2 million from the fossil fuel industry for his research work over the last decade. Soon is an academic, who is famous for denying human role in climate change. According to Soon, global warming is caused by variations in the sun's energy, not by human activities.

Soon didn’t reveal the funding in his scientific papers which he published. And now he has been criticized for violating the disclosure standards of some scientific journals. Organizations, which funded Soon’s work, were disclosed in documents obtained by the environmental group Greenpeace under the Freedom of Information Act.

It was revealed in the documents that he received the funding from a foundation run by the Koch brothers, Exxon Mobil, the Southern Company and the American Petroleum Institute.

"The question here is really: 'What did API, ExxonMobil, Southern Company and Charles Koch see in Willie Soon?' What did they get for $1m-plus?” said Kert Davies, a former Greenpeace researcher who put forward the original freedom of information requests. Soon presented his work on conservative news programs and also testified it before Congress.

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