Richard Lindzen, an MIT professor and longtime climate contrarian, turned to the Wall Street Journal to rehash a series of oft-disproved claims that deny the growing and now unequivocal evidence of climate change, all in defense of a fellow “skeptic” whose ties to fossil fuels have called into question the impartiality of his science.
Lindzen's arguments are a greatest-hits of climate denial, repeatedly and effectively disproved for years. He uses these easily dismissed arguments to defend what's left of the academic integrity of Wei-Hock “Willie” Soon against questions raised by members of Congress, who heard testimony from Soon without disclosure that he was being paid by fossil-fuel interests.
Lindzen's writing contained multiple errors or omissions. He:
• Ignored the accuracy of climate models over the long term
• Confused the impact of the sun on observed warming, long studied and long ago disregarded
• Dismissed multiple lines of evidence by claiming clouds would offset warming
• Glossed over the egregious breach of ethics in Soon's lack of disclosure of over $1 million in funding from fossil fuel interests
• Mischaracterized as threatening an attempt to identify improper industry influence on studies and Congressional testimony