- Willie Soon
Willie Wei-Hock Soon (born 1966) is an astrophysicist at the Solar and Stellar Physics Division of the
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. He is known for his views that most global warmingis caused by solar variation.
In addition to writing a range of technical papers on solar and stellar behavior, the physics of climate change, and an astronomy textbook for students who have no access to telescopes, Soon co-authored "The Maunder Minimum and the Variable Sun–Earth Connection" with Steven H. Yaskell (
2004). The book treats historical and proxy records of deep climate change by examining the extended global cooling period known as the Maunder Minimum(c 1645-1715). [ [http://allmalaysia.info/news/story.asp?file=/2005/4/18/msiansabroad/10255121&sec=mi_msiansabroad "All Malaysia.info" April 18, 2005.] ] This period is notable for a dearth of solar activity, measured today in isotopic records and corroborated by eyewitness accounts of unusual weather at the time. In 2004 Soon was awarded the "Petr Beckmann Award for courage and achievement in the defense of scientific truth" by Doctors for Disaster Preparedness. [ [http://www.marshall.org/pdf/materials/90.pdf Marshall Institute] ]
He is associated with the
George C. Marshall Institute, where he co-authored "Lessons and Limits of Climate History: Was 20th Century Climate Unusual?" [ [http://www.marshall.org/pdf/materials/136.pdf "Lessons and Limits of Climate History: Was 20th Century Climate Unusual?"] ] with Sallie Baliunas. The pair have also written for the Fraser Instituteof Canada regarding Sun-climate connections. Soon and Baliunas have generated controversy [ [http://www.prospect.org/cs/articles?articleId=7603 | "The American Prospect" 13 April 2004] ] because their research was funded in part by the American Petroleum Institute[ [http://cfa-www.harvard.edu/press/archive/pr0310.html Harvard–Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics] ] , a trade associationaccused of exerting improper influence over U.S. climate changepolicy. [ [http://www.nytimes.com/2005/06/08/politics/08climate.html?ex=1180584000&en=3e866ffdad4170f3&ei=5070 "Bush Aide Softened Greenhouse Gas Links to Global Warming." "New York Times" June 8 2005] ]
He is chief science adviser to the
Science and Public Policy Institute.
List of scientists opposing global warming consensus
* [http://epw.senate.gov/108th/Soon_072903.htm United States Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, July 29, 2003, Testimony of Dr. Willie Soon]
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