Charles Koch, Exxon, Southern Company Fund Mercury Denier Willie Soon

Dr. Willie Soon, an astrophysicist with the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, argued in the Wall Street Journal last month that the risk to babies and children of mercury exposure from coal-fired power plants is a “myth.” Identified by the Journal only as a “natural scientist from Harvard,” an investigation by Greenpeace reveals that Soon has received at least $120,000 from coal-fired utility Southern Company, $65,000 from Charles Koch, and $131,000 from Exxon Mobil since 2007.