Well, there’s a lot out there on this, but, I think it best to let the man speak for himself.
From Breitbart, my bold.
In recent weeks I have been the target of attacks in the press by various radical environmental and politically motivated groups. This effort should be seen for what it is: a shameless attempt to silence my scientific research and writings, and to make an example out of me as a warning to any other researcher who may dare question in the slightest their fervently held orthodoxy of anthropogenic global warming.
I am saddened and appalled by this effort, not only because of the personal hurt it causes me and my family and friends, but also because of the damage it does to the integrity of the scientific process. I am willing to debate the substance of my research and competing views of climate change with anyone, anytime, anywhere. It is a shame that those who disagree with me resolutely decline all public debate and stoop instead to underhanded and unscientific ad hominem tactics.
Let me be clear. I have never been motivated by financial gain to write any scientific paper, nor have I ever hidden grants or any other alleged conflict of interest. I have been a solar and stellar physicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics for a quarter of a century, during which time I have published numerous peer-reviewed, scholarly articles. The fact that my research has been supported in part by donations to the Smithsonian Institution from many sources, including some energy producers, has long been a matter of public record. In submitting my academic writings I have always complied with what I understood to be disclosure practices in my field generally, consistent with the level of disclosure made by many of my Smithsonian colleagues.
If the standards for disclosure are to change, then let them change evenly. If a journal that has peer-reviewed and published my work concludes that additional disclosures are appropriate, I am happy to comply. I would ask only that other authors—on all sides of the debate—are also required to make similar disclosures. And I call on the media outlets that have so quickly repeated my attackers’ accusations to similarly look into the motivations of and disclosures that may or may not have been made by their preferred, IPCC-linked scientists.
I regret deeply that the attacks on me now appear to have spilled over onto other scientists who have dared to question the degree to which human activities might be causing dangerous global warming, a topic that ought rightly be the subject of rigorous open debate, not personal attack. I similarly regret the terrible message this pillorying sends young researchers about the costs of questioning widely accepted “truths.”
Finally, I thank all my many colleagues and friends who have bravely objected to this smear campaign on my behalf and I challenge all parties involved to focus on real scientific issues for the betterment of humanity.
Well, it looks like our leftarded friends find themselves in a state of overreach.
But, I wanted to highlight one of Willie’s quote ….
I am willing to debate the substance of my research and competing views of climate change with anyone, anytime, anywhere. It is a shame that those who disagree with me resolutely decline all public debate and stoop instead to underhanded and unscientific ad hominem tactics.
Well, now, you see, that’s the problem. The climate crazies have long since given up on open debate. They won’t because they can’t. Some used to try, but, they lost, each and every time. Sometimes they would have formal debates, and they’d lose. Back in the day, they used to try to debate on the blogs, but, they fail, each time. Oh, sure, there are still the occasional trolls and whatnot, but, they’re usually pretty funny, in a amusingly pathetic sense.
The fact is, the skeptics have long since won the debate. It’s mostly because of the grandiose claims made by the climate crazies, but, the argument has long been over. The models so dearly held by the lunatics have been completely debunked. Whatever magical crystal ball they thought they had has failed, over and over again. The claims of a doomed part of the earth (most often the Arctic) never seems to materialize, even after a quarter of a century of dire prognostications. Nothing ever happens!
I think one of the most hilarious and most often overlooked part of the argument is/was their incessant insistence that weather isn’t climate, and, yet, they’re reduced to looking towards weather events as their “proof” of climate change. But, then, that older nuanced version of global warming belies the fact that skeptics have always argued that the climate always changes and it’s impossible to distinguish regular changes to whatever changes may or may not be attributable to humans for whatever reason.
I don’t remember the first paper I read with Dr. Soon’s name on it, but, I’ve always found his papers to be well thought, well researched, and well done. That the lunatics on the left have been reduced to their idiotic witch hunt is all the evidence one needs to know the actual argument is over.