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About-face: Former climate change skeptic now says global warming is man-made
Yahoo! News ^ | July 31, 2012 | Liz Goodwin

Posted on 07/31/2012 11:10:02 AM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

He finally came around to what other climate scientists have been spouting for years. Richard A. Muller, a physics professor at the University of California-Berkeley, announced over the weekend that his much-publicized investigation into climate data has found that humans' production of carbon dioxide is causing the world to slowly warm up. And this process could speed up dramatically in the coming years.

Muller's conclusions attract special attention because of his vocal self-styling as a converted climate change skeptic. Muller criticized global warming studies for sloppy and self-serving data selection and a lack of transparency that obscured errors; he then lambasted fellow scientists for circling the wagons and calling any climate change deniers wrong. Muller says he's still upset that the American Physical Society declared the evidence for warming "incontrovertible" a few years ago in an official statement.

"We don't do things in science that are incontrovertible," Muller said in an interview with Yahoo News.

Muller took matters into his own hands and embarked on his own investigation into the data with his daughter Elizabeth and a team of scientists two years ago. His Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature project attracted funding from the Charles Koch Charitable Foundation, the nonprofit outfit of a wealthy businessman who denies that global warming is happening. Three years later, Muller ended up surprising himself when his research confirmed everything those same studies that drew his skepticism concluded, and then some. Muller says his study's results are more reliable than many previous ones because he intentionally avoided the data pitfalls he objected to, such as only using a portion of the global temperatures available. (He expounds on his methods here.)

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KEYWORDS: anticapitalism; globalwarmingscare; greenieweenies; redistribution

1 posted on 07/31/2012 11:10:08 AM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY
a physics professor at the University of California-Berkeley

no peer/administration pressure there I'm sure...
2 posted on 07/31/2012 11:12:32 AM PDT by kevcol
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To: Free ThinkerNY
I trust data gathered by environmental scientists (ie. wackos) about as much as they would trust data gathered by someone Exxon hired to refute their findings.
3 posted on 07/31/2012 11:14:37 AM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

It’s BS, he was never a skeptic and there is no new evidence. This is NYT BS pure and simple.


4 posted on 07/31/2012 11:17:10 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (The Democratic Party strongly supports full civil rights for necro-Americans!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Isn’t this an old story? I though I saw this over a year ago on the same guy.


5 posted on 07/31/2012 11:17:25 AM PDT by Signalman
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Here in Missouri, considering 4 out of the last 5 scorching summers, I may tend to agree too.


6 posted on 07/31/2012 11:17:50 AM PDT by roofgoat
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Muller was never a Skeptic.


7 posted on 07/31/2012 11:18:33 AM PDT by agere_contra (Vote ABO. Don't choose the Greater Evil and then boast about how principled you are)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

—Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature project —

Berkeley.

Next.


8 posted on 07/31/2012 11:19:38 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Sounds like professor Dick is looking for a new grant.


9 posted on 07/31/2012 11:24:06 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

One needs to only google his name with the word “skeptic” to realize he was never a skeptic. He was critical of the flat-earther’s methods, but never their conclusions.


10 posted on 07/31/2012 11:25:37 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Okay. How many have come the other way? How many have stayed?


11 posted on 07/31/2012 11:31:12 AM PDT by jimfree (In Nov 2012 my 12 y/o granddaughter will have more relevant executive experience than Barack Obama)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

In the Climate Science biz you have two choices:

1)Sign on with the orthodoxy that global warming is Man Made and is destroying the planet, or

2)Start working on that second career at the drive-thru window.

And with what is happening at Chick-Fil-A, prospects for #2 seem iffy.


12 posted on 07/31/2012 11:32:10 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Buckeye McFrog

I’ll believe in global warming when the global warming advocates start relocating to Kansas, Nebr. NM, etc.

According to Algore et al global warming causes the icecaps to melt, thus raising the sea levels, which will cause massive flooding of seaside cities, such as NYC, Boston, Miami, Houston, LA, SF, Seattle, Portland, etc.


13 posted on 07/31/2012 11:40:20 AM PDT by jayrunner
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To: Free ThinkerNY

He got bought out.

Happens all the time at Berzerkeley.


14 posted on 07/31/2012 11:42:16 AM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they were.)
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To: Signalman

Yes it is. It is an old story and the response was the same, that this Berkeley professor was never a global warming skeptic, was at best ambivalent but never a skeptic.


15 posted on 07/31/2012 11:50:53 AM PDT by Hostage (Be Breitbart!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Looks like the check cleared and the warmists have bought another scientist.
16 posted on 07/31/2012 11:56:01 AM PDT by capt. norm (Blessed are they who can laugh at themselves for they shall never run out of material. c)
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To: Hostage
Did the moron notice that there is a SUN in the sky, providing ALL the heat and light for us mortals?
....aaaand all the human “warming” activities amount to as much as his pissing in the ocean would cause flooding of Earth.
Yo scientwists: have you noticed how much temperatures change with day/night and summer/winter by just Earth wobbling? Quit the Algore scam!!!
17 posted on 07/31/2012 12:02:49 PM PDT by Leo Carpathian (fffffFRrrreeeepppeeee-ssed!)
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To: Leo Carpathian

Global Warming is like the proverbial dog chasing after the car.

OK, you caught it, now what?

How will they fix it? NO ONE has said how they would correct global warming. All they keep saying is we have to tax Americans and give the money to the UN.

What happens if we fix global warming and the earth cools too much and we all freeze to death? What will we do about crops, cattle and other food stuffs?

Has anyone done that study yet? (Note to Freepers, we can make a fortune coming up with a solution to that.)


18 posted on 07/31/2012 12:43:35 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (ABO 2012)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Anthony Watts has done a phenomenal job countering this latest “study” and media blitz.

http://wattsupwiththat.com/


19 posted on 07/31/2012 12:53:10 PM PDT by Kandy Atz ("Were we directed from Washington when to sow and when to reap, we should soon want for bread.")
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To: roofgoat

“Here in Missouri, considering 4 out of the last 5 scorching summers, I may tend to agree too.”

Please do some research.


20 posted on 07/31/2012 1:52:22 PM PDT by Puckster
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Bet he was threatened with the loss of his job or his family. Gotta watch out for the HCGW dogmatists - they are brutal.


21 posted on 07/31/2012 2:54:52 PM PDT by tweakDU (Someday karma will run over leftist dogma.)
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To: cuban leaf

The very good website http://wattsupwiththat.com/ has debunked this alleged conversion by Muller who was never much of a climate skeptic to begin with


22 posted on 07/31/2012 2:57:51 PM PDT by dennisw (Government be yo mamma - Re-elect Barack Obama)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

The Green Menace hysteria warns of evil capitalists plotting to cook the Earth if we don’t repent and strive for Zero Population Growth.

RFK Jr. has called skeptics “traitors” I guess to the human race (or maybe traitors the United Nations).


23 posted on 07/31/2012 3:15:47 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Eric Holder's NAACP rally against the voter ID laws required the press to bring govt issue photo ID.)
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To: kevcol
Actually the Berkley Professor got into a little bit of a problem, with the scientist who worked on the BEST project with him. Judith Curry at Georgia Tech says there has been no Global warming from her analysis of the Data Mueller had. http://www.naturalnews.com/034056_global_warming_study.html
24 posted on 07/31/2012 4:44:23 PM PDT by carcraft (Pray for our Country)
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