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This, I guess, is progress. Exxon Is Financing Fewer Climate Skeptics

Greenpeace U.S.A. has issued a report saying that all of the research funding received since 2003 by Willie Soon, an astrophysicist who has been a critic of climate science, came from oil or coal interests like ExxonMobil and the Southern Company, a utility that burns coal. Dr. Soon, who works at the Harvard-Smithsonian Astrophysics Observatory, has researched whether solar variance might be responsible for climate warming. He earned notoriety among climatologists when he attacked Michael Mann’s so-called “hockey stick” graph of warming temperatures in 2003 and when he wrote that polar bears were not threatened by a decline in Arctic ice in 2007. Dr. Soon did not return messages left with his employer seeking comment. What may be more intriguing about the Greenpeace report, ussued on Tuesday, is a tangential finding: according to Greenpeace’s research director, Kert Davies...

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