“The Weaponization of Science: Politics, Vilification, and the Climate Debate” – Dr. Willie Soon

From CERES-Science

CERES team

On April 11, 2022, CERES team-leader, Dr. Willie Soon’s gave a presentation in Washington D.C., “The Weaponization of Science: Politics, Vilification, and the Climate Debate”. The slides for the talk can be downloaded from https://tinyurl.com/49sbxhru.

Here are 7 short clips taken from the talk describing each of the main topics he covered. The clips are as follows:

  1. Is Dr. Willie Soon in the pay of the fossil fuel industry? (9:28 minutes)
  2. Why Greenpeace is looking for a piece of your green (6:10 minutes)
  3. Why “97% consensus on climate change” claims are wrong (3:29 minutes)
  4. Are the UN’s IPCC climate reports scientifically objective? (6:52 minutes)
  5. The “hockey stick” debate: Was there a Medieval Warm Period? (9:21 minutes)
  6. How much of a role does the Sun play in climate change? (3:33 minutes)
  7. Are “fact checks” checking facts or checking narratives? (2:47 minutes)

We think that these clips answer many of the commonly asked questions about both (1) the politicization of climate science and (2) the causes of climate change. Please feel free to subscribe to our new YouTube channel, share any of the above videos you think are interesting, or even share this post linking to all of them.

For convenience, we have embedded all 7 clips below:

1. Is Dr. Willie Soon in the pay of the fossil fuel industry?

2. Why Greenpeace is looking for a piece of your green

3. Why “97% consensus on climate change” claims are wrong

4. Are the UN’s IPCC climate reports scientifically objective?

5. The “hockey stick” debate: Was there a Medieval Warm Period?

6. How much of a role does the Sun play in climate change?

7. Are “fact checks” checking facts or checking narratives?

Below is a playlist showing all 7 clips in order:

These clips will be added to our Videos page.

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Philip Mulholland
September 9, 2022 2:10 am

Dr Willie Soon is the CERES team-leader?
Wow! Who knew?
Well not me obviously 🙂

Javier
Reply to  Philip Mulholland
September 9, 2022 4:02 am

A different CERES:
Center for Environmental Research and Earth Sciences (CERES)https://www.ceres-science.com/

Donations are welcomed.

Reply to  Javier
September 9, 2022 7:56 am

Leave these tricks to alarmists.

fretslider
September 9, 2022 2:16 am

“Are fact checks checking facts or checking narratives”?

They are narrative compliance checks

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IanE
Reply to  fretslider
September 9, 2022 5:27 am

Hmm: obviously that will fail the checks!

KevinM
Reply to  fretslider
September 9, 2022 7:45 am

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? is a Latin phrase found in the work of the Roman poet Juvenal … and “Who will watch the watchmen?”.

fretslider
September 9, 2022 2:48 am

Slightly o/t but funny

“It is unclear why Ms Truss has moved so rapidly to embrace fracking”

https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/why-liz-truss-s-big-fracking-plan-will-not-cut-energy-bills-b2162778.html

Really?

MarkW
Reply to  fretslider
September 9, 2022 8:28 am

Sounds like Obama telling Palin that we can’t drill ourselves out of the energy crisis.

Then we did just that.

Michael in Dublin
Reply to  observa
September 9, 2022 3:27 am

When the lights go out their funding also needs to be turned off. No lights means no CO2 which means in turn no need of climate scientists (activists). Good riddance.

Old Man Winter
Reply to  Michael in Dublin
September 9, 2022 4:46 am

Expect to face the same fierce resistance that those who pointed out that no more research was needed because “climate science was settled”! Isn’t it a bit odd that Warmunistas always resist obvious logical conclusions so much? Hmmmmm!

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KevinM
Reply to  Old Man Winter
September 9, 2022 7:55 am

Careful, we are getting on the wrong side of Ayn Rand.

Scissor
Reply to  Michael in Dublin
September 9, 2022 6:04 am

CERN may soon discover the energy reality.

Brad-DXT
Reply to  Scissor
September 9, 2022 10:10 am

Sorry, not enough energy to keep it up and running.

https://www.theregister.com/2022/09/07/cern_draws_up_shutdown_plans/?td=rt-3a

KevinM
Reply to  observa
September 9, 2022 7:54 am

“Are becoming”?

Reply to  observa
September 11, 2022 6:02 am

Government funded climate scientists are little different than the educated clergy of yore who provided the “science” of the day of the king’s right to rule by divine providence. By providing “credibility” to the ruler’s mandates they get to share in the plunder of the peasants.

Simonsays
September 9, 2022 3:38 am

It’s worth watching the whole presentation, Soon is informative, funny and insightful. He needs to be out there more, as he can deliver a message that cuts through with every generation.

commieBob
September 9, 2022 6:23 am

In Iain McGilchrist’s magnum opus, The Matter With Things, there is a chapter on institutional science.

I believe some of the political difficulties we are now experiencing in the Western world come from a lack of balance, in which wilful blindness to the problems in one’s own position eventually causes an ignorant and extreme reaction, when those (like Dr. Soon*) who are at some level all too aware of what is being ignored and denied can finally contain themselves no longer. Those liberal intellectuals who had their doubts about the Western liberal intellectual consensus of the last few decades were stigmatised for not having unlimited enthusiasm. Those who criticised the consensus liberal position for its excessive one-sidedness, before it was too late, were seen as enemies …

McGilchrist also points out that institutional science has a very poor claim to the truth. It’s very bad for society that an institution, which is very dodgy when it comes to the truth, has the ability to smack down folks who point out when it’s wrong.

*my addition

KevinM
September 9, 2022 7:43 am

The warning is great “Climate change refers to long-term shifts in temperatures and weather patterns, mainly caused by human activities, especially the burning of fossil fuels.”

KevinM
September 9, 2022 7:53 am

Greenpeace is one of the most influential and best known environmental Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs). Many people regard them as a compassionate organization that is chiefly concerned about protecting the environment and “doing the right thing.””

KevinM
Reply to  KevinM
September 9, 2022 7:57 am

Many people?

Brad-DXT
Reply to  KevinM
September 9, 2022 9:52 am

Many people brain dead drones

saveenergy
Reply to  KevinM
September 9, 2022 4:08 pm

Sadly, Greenpeace hasn’t been a compassionate organization chiefly concerned about protecting the environment and doing the right thing for years

That’s why I left them a long time ago.

KevinM
September 9, 2022 8:07 am

From video 3: “Nobody doubts that…”
Nobody?

KevinM
September 9, 2022 8:13 am

Interviewer in debate sequence takes sides despite her ability to detect sketchiness.

KevinM
Reply to  KevinM
September 9, 2022 8:47 am

Above referring to interview 1. Later, interview 3, Lindzen vs Hadi. One CO2 chart displayed, another not displayed. Interesting.

KevinM
Reply to  KevinM
September 9, 2022 8:53 am

Hadi, the Canadian, seems reasonable. Expresses opinion without dismissing facts.Hadi says the problem is ocean acidification, and atmospheric CO2 not important. Lindzen wouldn’t touch acidification. Now I notice the moderator is on Lindzen’s side. Odd switch vs my expectation.

KevinM
Reply to  KevinM
September 9, 2022 9:03 am

I got the names wrong, Hadi = Hadid. I think I’m watching a “debate” between two people on the same side. Both guys are saying the same things.

KevinM
September 9, 2022 8:24 am

“Already beyond peak oil”?

KevinM
Reply to  KevinM
September 9, 2022 8:38 am

I remember reading “The Oil Drum” in 2008. They had me fooled. The comments section was buzzing with the near-term demise of the Saudi economy. Fourteen years later…

KevinM
Reply to  KevinM
September 9, 2022 8:39 am

I also read “Calculated Risk”, which converted itself from economic to political during Trump-Clinton. Not sure where it is now.

KevinM
Reply to  KevinM
September 9, 2022 8:40 am

Likewise “Mish Global Economic Trend analysis”. Went hard left political from explicitly libertarian.

Crispin Pemberton-Pigott
Reply to  KevinM
September 11, 2022 5:33 pm

Mish is a climate skeptic IMV. He deals in realities, not BS. If he is politically Left, it is not detectable. He is particularly skeptical about hard Left economic policies.

Anyone interested: https://mishtalk.com/economics/china-is-not-rebalancing-its-flawed-dependence-on-huge-exports-continues

For example…

ScienceABC123
September 9, 2022 8:36 am

Science is the search for the truth, so you really can’t “weaponize” science. You can however corrupt anything such that truth (i.e. science) no longer exits within it.

Clyde Spencer
Reply to  ScienceABC123
September 9, 2022 11:08 am

Or your can misrepresent dogma as being science. It is the dogma that is being ‘weaponized’ by calling it science and saying that it is “settled.”

Brad-DXT
September 9, 2022 10:05 am

When I watched the first video, I had to laugh at the disclaimer.

The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – Government is even in the name.
So we are supposed to believe in government approved sources for all information instead of independant sources.
Isn’t that special.

Orwell’s book 1984 was a cautionary tale, not a guidebook.

Joel Snider
September 9, 2022 5:01 pm

Progressives haven’t just weaponized science – they do it with literally everything they touch – every move, every utterance is an attack.

MarkW
Reply to  Joel Snider
September 10, 2022 8:09 am

FBI, DOJ, etc

dirty dave
September 10, 2022 6:10 am

I’ve been going to my mailbox every day for many many years. Alas, no check in there from BIG OIL.
Did I miss a signup or something?

Brad-DXT
Reply to  dirty dave
September 10, 2022 8:53 am

If you want a check from Big Oil, buy the ETF DRLL. The biggest holding is Exxon.

Not saying it is a great winner but it is provided by Strive.com with the premise that ESG has no place in the investing world.

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