Climategate Part Two: Once again, global-warming deniers say they’ve come up with a scandal
Remember the big CLIMATEGATE “scandal” of a few years ago?
Global-warming deniers everywhere were dancing in the streets with delight over what they considered to be good evidence that the pointy-headed scientists at those fancy universities had been lying about human-caused climate change.
Unfortunately for the flat-earthers, however, investigation after investigation showed that there was nothing in the so-called scandal that disproved mainstream scientific theories regarding anthopogenic global warming.
The most delicious aspect of the Climategate affair was that it gave rise to the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature (BEST) study, which was funded in part by Charles Koch, a notorious global-warming denier.
The study was led by physicist Richard Muller, who had previously been a global-warming skeptic (which is different from a denier). His new research opened Muller’s eyes, as we see HERE:
Muller said that he came into the study “with a proper skepticism,” something scientists “should always have. I was somewhat bothered by the fact that there was not enough skepticism” before.
There is no reason now to be a skeptic about steadily increasing temperatures, Muller wrote recently in The Wall Street Journal’s editorial pages, a place friendly to skeptics. Muller did not address in his research the cause of global warming. The overwhelming majority of climate scientists say it’s man-made from the burning of fossil fuels such as coal and oil. Nor did his study look at ocean warming, future warming and how much of a threat to mankind climate change might be.
Still, Muller said it makes sense to reduce the carbon dioxide created by fossil fuels.
“Greenhouse gases could have a disastrous impact on the world,” he said. Still, he contends that threat is not as proven as the Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says it is.
The BEST STUDY, as you might expect, has been a blow to the cause of denialism, especially among the people who approach the subject purely from a political or cultural perspective with no grounding in science.
But lo and behold! These knee-jerk deniers once again are dancing in the streets. They’ve come up with another Climategate affair. But one climate scientist calls this new so-called scandal “two-year-old turkey from Thanksgiving 2009.”
Read all about it HERE
(The image above is from the Web site of the Daily Telegraph, a British paper.)
UPDATE: There’s more on this matter HERE (including scads of good links).
UPDATE II: THIS GUY, a writer for the uber-libertarian Heartland Institute (which also is funded in part by the Koch Brothers), seems to think this new so-called scandal is a really big deal.
But then, this same guy also is a fan of the Rodney Dangerfield of climatologists (see HERE).