This compilation of documents contains contracts and correspondence related to scientist Wei Hock “Willie” Soon, his climate change research and his relationship with the corporate oil industry. Willie Soon’s climate change research has been consistently cited by parties seeking to doubt the human effect on climate change. Coincidentally, documents reveal that Soon received massive funding from the oil industry, especially Exxon, in relation to the research.
At the time, Soon conducted research in conjunction with the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, in affiliation with the Harvard College Observatory. The documents reveal that beginning in 2008, Soon worked on a research project titled, “Understanding Solar Variability and Climate Change” to which Exxon contributed $76,000 annually to the project. The documents also reveal that Soon received contributions for the research from other oil companies and affiliates, including Southern Company Services Inc., the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation, and Donor’s Trust.