Skip to comments.About-face: Former climate change skeptic now says global warming is man-made
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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It’s BS, he was never a skeptic and there is no new evidence. This is NYT BS pure and simple.
Isn’t this an old story? I though I saw this over a year ago on the same guy.
Here in Missouri, considering 4 out of the last 5 scorching summers, I may tend to agree too.
Muller was never a Skeptic.
—Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature project —
Sounds like professor Dick is looking for a new grant.
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.
Okay. How many have come the other way? How many have stayed?
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.
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.
He got bought out.
Happens all the time at Berzerkeley.
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.
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.)
Anthony Watts has done a phenomenal job countering this latest “study” and media blitz.
“Here in Missouri, considering 4 out of the last 5 scorching summers, I may tend to agree too.”
Please do some research.
Bet he was threatened with the loss of his job or his family. Gotta watch out for the HCGW dogmatists - they are brutal.
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
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).
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