Climate Academic Probed by Congress Falsely Charges Colleagues With Conflict of Interest

Professor Roger J. Pielke, Jr. of the University of Colorado recently compared many widely-published energy and climate experts with Dr. Wei-Hock Soon, a scientist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Dr. Soon is the subject of recent media attention for failing to follow conflict of interest (COI) rules at some scientific journals. There is no comparison whatsoever, and we ask Dr. Pielke to retract his accusations and apologize.

Last week, the New York Times reported that Dr. Soon “has accepted more than $1.2 million in money from the fossil-fuel industry over the last decade while failing to disclose that conflict of interest in most of his scientific papers.” In particular, recently released documents revealed that “Dr. Soon, in correspondence with his corporate funders, described many of his scientific papers as ‘deliverables’ that he completed in exchange for their money.” Also, the agreement between the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and the Southern Company required the Smithsonian to provide the coal utility “advanced written copy of proposed publications … for comment and input.”

On February 27, 2015, Professor Pielke wrote on his blog:

I have Tweeted that undisclosed COI is endemic in scientific publishing. I have had several requests —> Read More Here


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