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Leading global-warming skeptic finally sees the light

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.

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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.

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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.

 

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  1. I guess he has started to feel the heat.

  2. dogrescuer

    Physicist Richard Muller is a man intelligent enough, and with enough confidence in himself, to change his mind when facts warrant it.

  3. kevind1986

    “Much to my surprise, by far the best match came to the record of atmospheric carbon dioxide, measured from atmospheric samples and air trapped in polar ice,” said Muller. “While this doesn’t prove that global warming is caused by human greenhouse gases, it is currently the best explanation we have found, and sets the bar for alternative explanations.”

    “Best explanation” isn’t the same as resolved. Greek Gods were once the best explanation for thunder and falling in love. Most peeps left those theories behind a few years back but EVERYONE was pretty darn sure at the time. Stop lying.

  4. dennicelorraine

    I think common people should come forward & they have to do something to protect environment. Then & then we can get something substantial results. I belong to Sedona Arizona & recently I have joined Gabriel of Sedona community. I am feeling very good. Our mission is running program to protect the environment and to stand up for the poor and disenfranchised of the world.

  5. http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/purple-wisconsin/164750106.html#!page=0&pageSize=10&sort=newestfirst

    Let’s use a recent example from this very website. My Purple Wisconsin Jim Rowen wrote a post about a former warming skeptic, William Muller, who has come, praise Gaia, to believe. Dr. Muller came to the altar in a recent column in the New York Times.

    In fact, Jim tells us, Muller, with all the fervor of a convert, believes the UN “hadn’t raised the climate change alarm loud enough.”

    That’s true in a limited sense. Muller claims to have found a stronger correlation between atmospheric carbon dioxide and less evidence for the contribution of solar activity than a 2007 report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

    But, in an another sense, it’s not true at all. Alas, Dr. Muller persists in heresy. He continues to question, writing that “[t]hese facts don’t prove causality and they shouldn’t end skepticism” although they do raise the bar for alternative explanations.

    More significantly, Dr. Muller continues to deny fundamental doctrine. Here is how he concluded his piece:

    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.

    Hurricane Katrina cannot be attributed to global warming. The number of hurricanes hitting the United States has been going down, not up; likewise for intense tornadoes. Polar bears aren’t dying from receding ice, and the Himalayan glaciers aren’t going to melt by 2035. And it’s possible that we are currently no warmer than we were a thousand years ago, during the “Medieval Warm Period” or “Medieval Optimum,” an interval of warm conditions known from historical records and indirect evidence like tree rings. And the recent warm spell in the United States happens to be more than offset by cooling elsewhere in the world, so its link to “global” warming is weaker than tenuous.(Emphasis supplied.)

    Just so you know. I guess Gaia is not through with Dr. Muller.

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