Harvard astrophysicist smacks down UK Guardian for shoddy Polar Bear reporting

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Harvard astrophysicist Dr. Willie Soon
smacks down
UK Guardian for shoddy Polar Bear reporting


7 Nov 08 - ExxonMobil and polar bear research – “Your article (October 1) inaccurately implies that I wrote a paper demonstrating that none of the published studies on the imagined threat to polar bears from imagined "global warming" had followed the established scientific norms for population forecasting because I had received a grant from ExxonMobil.

“Not so.

“The rules of the leading journals in which my research is published are clear: the sources of funding must be openly declared in the paper, so peer reviewers can take them into account when deciding whether the scientific analysis has sufficient merit to justify publication.

“Since 2002 ExxonMobil has also supported 22 other studies on Arctic wildlife and ecosystems. Main authors of these papers included researchers who proposed the (pointless) listing of polar bears under the US Endangered Species Act. There is, therefore, no more basis for your implication that my results were tainted by ExxonMobil's funding than that other similarly funded results that better suited your editorial prejudice in favour of the alarmist "consensus" were tainted.

“I do not write papers because ExxonMobil or Greenpeace pays me to, but because my academic researches demonstrate that the sun, not carbon dioxide, is the chief driver of Arctic temperatures, and that much of the "evidence" for the bears' imminent demise is speculative. Indeed the population has increased fivefold since the 1950s, mainly because of restricted hunting. Where the Arctic has cooled, bears dwindle: where it has warmed, they increase.

“Polar bears evolved from brown bears 200,000 years ago and therefore must have survived the last interglacial period, when global temperatures were many degrees warmer than the present. More perspective and less prejudice, please.”

Willie Soon
Salem, Massachusetts, USA


Harvard-Smithsonian Center Astrophysicist Dr. Willie Soon is co-author of the book "The Maunder Minimum and the Variable Sun-Earth Connection" (LINK) http://www.wspc.com/books/physics/5199.html) ,and chief science advisor to the Science and Public Policy Institute.





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