During The Heartland Institute’s Sixth International Conference on Climate Change, trolls came out of the woodwork in social media to attack one of our speakers, Willie Soon — astrophysicist and a geoscientist at the Solar, Stellar and Planetary Sciences Division of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.
Two days before our June 30 – July 1 conference in began in Washington, DC, Greenpeace USA came out with a blog post titled “CASE STUDY: Dr. Willie Soon, a Career Fueled by Big Oil and Coal.” It bunk, as even one of his enemies admitted later. Soon even joked about his supposed “secret funding” by “Big Oil” at a speakers dinner the night before the conference saying: “I’m a millionaire, apparently, if you read certain blogs.”
Those certain blogs have it wrong. Anthony Watts explains:
“There’s been a swarm of such news items happening this week in an attempt to discredit climate skeptics. ICCC6 is getting some press, and in response these claims of “secret” get circulated. How transparent. The other LOL is from washed up science writer David Appell (who runs an angry blog called Quarksoup) expressing “being stunned” that WUWT readers haven’t denounced a supposed recent death threat that occurred in Australia 5 years ago that was “repackaged” for the present. Trouble is, the press is onto the scam.
“Monbiot also tweets:
Is there a single prominent denier who won’t turn out to have been funded by an oil or coal company, or by the Koch brothers?
“Well I once had a Shell Oil credit card for which I got cashback credits on purchases, so I guess that makes me guilty.
“Bishop Hill quips:
Now obviously there’s a bit of Monbiot “puff” going on here, but I think we should look on this enthusiasm for disclosure of conflicts of interest as an area in which widespread agreement should be possible.
Perhaps George would like to consider a joint call (a) for the IPCC to activate its COI policy for all AR5 working groups with immediate effect and (b) for climate journals to require disclosure of conflicts of interest in the way that medical journals do. I’ll write and ask him.
“How about it Monbiot? Goose, gander, and all that.”
Here’s Monbiot’s mea culpa:
Apology sorta accepted. Now, George, you correct your 65,893 other smears against those who don’t toe the phony climate alarmist line over the last few years and we might start to call it even.