Climate Change Deniers Abandon ‘Befuddled Warmist’ Physicist Who Came Around On Global Warming
Climate change deniers thought they had an ally in Richard Muller, a popular physics professor at UC Berkeley.
Muller didn’t reject climate science per se, but he was a skeptic, and a convenient one for big polluters and conservative anti-environmentalists — until Muller put their money where his mouth was, and launched the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature project, in part with a grant from the Charles G. Koch foundation.
After extensive study, he’s concluded that the existing science was right all along — that the earth’s surface is warming, at an accelerating rate. But instead of second-guessing themselves, his erstwhile allies of convenience are now abandoning him.
‘When we began our study, we felt that skeptics had raised legitimate issues, and we didn’t know what we’d find,’ Muller wrote in a Friday Wall Street Journal op-ed. ‘Our results turned out to be close to those published by prior groups. We think that means that those groups had truly been very careful in their work, despite their inability to convince some skeptics of that. They managed to avoid bias in their data selection, homogenization and other corrections. Global warming is real. Perhaps our results will help cool this portion of the climate debate.’
That’s put a small but influential group of anthropogenic global warming skeptics and climate change deniers on the war path.