I would never be motivated by money for anything

hot This astonishing claim is apparently made by Willie Soon, according to the NYT. The claim is implausible, to say the least. As is much of his GW related research.

I'm not alone in that opinion, oddly enough. Gavin A. Schmidt, head of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies in Manhattan, a NASA division that studies climate change, said The science that Willie Soon does is almost pointless. Mmmmm, the science yes (it may be a null-set joke; Gavin is subtle) but the papers clearly aren't pointless, these "deliverables" act to advance certain rather obvious agendas.

And now I come to look, Soon was a name-for-hire on the recent Monckton drivel.

Its made wiki.

Refs

* Ask not for whom the bell tolls. It tolls for Soon - Greg Laden. Well, maybe.
* Gavin at RX on Soon, 2011.
* Many Arctic temperature trends - me, from 2007.
* Soon and Baliunas controversy from wiki.
* Did Willie Soon Lie to Congress? - DA
*Analysis: Soon's disclosure of non-controversial funding supports the conclusion that he deliberately omitted fossil fuel disclosures - Brian at Eli's.

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By Russell Seitz (not verified) on 21 Feb 2015 #permalink

IMHO, GL is not the sharpest knife in the house, maybe his nick should be Butters.

Having looked at several of Soon's 'papers' I noticed something, which also showed up in Monkers 'paper' lack of proper disclosure.

http://gregladen.com/blog/2015/01/willie-soon-fire-him-soon/#comment-21…
http://gregladen.com/blog/2015/01/willie-soon-fire-him-soon/#comment-22…
http://gregladen.com/blog/2015/01/willie-soon-fire-him-soon/#comment-22…

"So, thank’s for askin’, but you are barking up the wrong tree!"

So, now we see the NYT doing their research via blogs?

And I'm still waiting on GL to get on over to Sou's and explain his Alberta Tar Sands glacier 'theory' (and otherwise, his USGS 80m vs IPCC 66m ultimate SLR and his inability to count the word 'hiatus' in the IPCC AR5 WG! report).

By Everett F Sargent (not verified) on 21 Feb 2015 #permalink

Nice quote, Russell. Of course every one of us commenting on this page, plus the blog author, apparently need some unusual hats.

By Brian Schmidt (not verified) on 23 Feb 2015 #permalink