Researcher’s scientific work funded by Southern Co. questioned

Atlanta-based Southern Co. has been a major financial supporter of a prominent researcher whose work routinely sets out to debunk arguments that global warming is the result of the effects of power plant carbon dioxide emissions and other environmental pollution, according to a published report.

According to a "Benchmarking Air Emissions" report released last year by several nonprofit environmental groups and utilities, CO2 emissions declined 13 percent between 2008 and 2012. (GETTY IMAGES)

According to a “Benchmarking Air Emissions” report released last year by several nonprofit environmental groups and utilities, CO2 emissions declined 13 percent between 2008 and 2012. (GETTY IMAGES)

A New York Times report on the researcher, Wei-Hock “Willie” Soon of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics,” questions the impartiality and ethics of Soon’s work since he rarely discloses the source of more than $1.2 million from the fossil-fuel industry over the last decade.

Soon, whose work is often cited by global warming critics, argues global warming can be explained by variations in the sun’s energy.

The Times report, citing research by the environment group Greenpeace, said Soon has received at least 34 percent of his funding – $409,000 – from Southern Company Services, a subsidiary of the Atlanta company, over the decade.

Southern spokeswoman Jeannice Hall would not comment directly on funding for Soon and would only tell the Times the company “funds a broad range of research on a number of topics that have potentially significant public-policy implications for our business.”

Southern’s plants in Juliette and Cartersville, Ga., and in Quinton, Ala., have been listed among the major sources of greenhouse gases from carbon dioxide emissions.

The Times report says Southern “has spent heavily over many years to lobby against greenhouse-gas regulations in Washington. More recently, it has spent significant money to research ways to limit emissions.”

According to a “Benchmarking Air Emissions” report released last year by several nonprofit environmental groups and utilities, CO2 emissions declined 13 percent between 2008 and 2012.

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zekeI
zekeI

So what is the problem? You have no question about the reporting of the left wing media including the nbc minion, the weather channel! They are all in for this agenda and new religion!

tompro987
tompro987

The NYT has not been a credible source for news or anything else in years now.  They, along with the bulk of the MSM, have sold their souls to the Demagogues and Bar-Rack Owe-Bama and his Regime.  It is bad enough that the EPA has forced Southern Company and others to shut down power plants without any REAL evidence of their causing harm.  Now they and the MSM are attacking scientists that have actually proven that their conclusions are valid, unlike the GWA's roaming the earth.  


Nattering nabobs, all!!! 

BubbaTJ
BubbaTJ

AJC reporting gets worse and worse - which is hard to believe.

So what exactly is being "questioned" about his work?

Meaningless "article" - as is often the case in what remains of the Cox newspaper empire

Enoch19
Enoch19

WAs there an actual questioning of the work or only an attack on the researcher's independence?  From the article, it seems that there is no substantive objection, only an attempt to silence a dissenting voice.