Physicist Richard Muller (above) has long been a darling of global-warming denialists. They have touted him as a scientist of impeccable credentials who wasn’t buying the theories peddled by the likes of Al Gore and those other socialist enemies of all that is good in this world.
But Muller has experienced a gradual conversion on the issue of climate change. And now that conversion, while perhaps not complete, is a far cry from the position Muller used to take, as he explains HERE:
Call me a converted skeptic. Three years ago I identified problems in previous climate studies that, in my mind, threw doubt on the very existence of global warming. Last year, following an intensive research effort involving a dozen scientists, I concluded that global warming was real and that the prior estimates of the rate of warming were correct. I’m now going a step further: Humans are almost entirely the cause.
It’s a scientist’s duty to be properly skeptical. I still find that much, if not most, of what is attributed to climate change is speculative, exaggerated or just plain wrong. I’ve analyzed some of the most alarmist claims, and my skepticism about them hasn’t changed.
Science is that narrow realm of knowledge that, in principle, is universally accepted. I embarked on this analysis to answer questions that, to my mind, had not been answered. I hope that the Berkeley Earth analysis will help settle the scientific debate regarding global warming and its human causes. Then comes the difficult part: agreeing across the political and diplomatic spectrum about what can and should be done.