While we would normally ignore the low-grade blogs like NoTricksZone as well as bottom-tier, fossil fuel spokesmen-for-hire like Dr. Willie Soon, the two have come together for a post that is just too good to pass up.
NoTricksZone wanted a comment from Soon about how 2014 is shaping up to be the hottest year on record. His reply was a perfect example of a classic defense mechanism identified by Sigmund Freud called psychological projection—where one projects a problem of their own onto others. We see this regularly in deniers who claim "alarmists" ignore or cherry-pick evidence and engage in ideologically driven groupthink, as well as in deniers who name their deceptive and misleading blog "NoTricksZone."
In this case, it's Dr. Soon implying that the World Meteorological Organization and anyone else who notes this year's record heat is "prostituting science." Which is interesting, considering all of Dr. Soon's grants since 2002 have come from the fossil fuel industry! Together with Sallie Baliunas, Soon has received over $1 million from dirty energy interests since 2001, according to a number of documents uncovered by Greenpeace.
So here we have someone who's taken literally hundreds of thousands of dollars from the American Petroleum Institute, ExxonMobil, Charles G. Koch Foundation and other fossil fuel interests with the express purpose of casting doubt on man's influence on climate, saying independent scientists are "prostituting science."
I think Freud may want a word with you, Dr. Soon. So have a seat on the couch, and tell us, how is the relationship with your mother?
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