My shirtmaker, the Viscount, writes of his crackerjack toy climate model coauthor:Willie Soon – has been under relentless and vicious attack...on the ground that in 11 of his hundreds of papers published from 2008 to the present he had had grants from Southern Company but had not declared a conflict of interest. The facts are that, although he had approached Southern Company for grant aid for his research, the contract and all terms therein were negotiated between Southern Company and his employer, the Smithsonian Astronomical Observatory, without any involvement from Willie. One of the terms of that contract – a term to which the Smithsonian should never have agreed – was that the identity of Southern was not to be published.
Could the right honorable lord's account of this publishing prodigy be somewhat exaggerated?
Bibliography search engines like Academica report Soon as coauthor of a grand total of 17 papers since 2008, of which 15 thus far appear on Soon's own Heartland Institute webpage :
That's 11 out of 15 payola papers as a matter of record, So Monckton is prevaricating when he continues:
Willie Soon, therefore, is entirely blameless in this affair. As an employee of the Smithsonian he was bound by that contract whether he liked it or not, and it is significant that the only papers for which he did not disclose the source of funds were the 11 papers (not including ours, which we all did on our own time) that were funded by Southern Company.
That is the highly-charged environment in which we have all been having to operate ever since we first published our paper, against which no serious scientific argument has yet been made.... those of us who have tried each in our fumbling way to uphold scientific integrity and truth against the exaggerations and dishonesties being peddled by the profiteers of doom have been subjected to continuous...inappropriate and sometimes downright unlawful attacks,
...a Princeton professor, furtively cowering under a pseudonym, accuses us not once but twice of lying...In the UK, there is a presumption long established in case law that if you accuse someone of “lying” and are unable to prove they have lied you have perpetrated the tort of libel –If I could ...find out who that “professor” is and have him up for professional misconduct as well as libel,