So even though he found that his criticisms of warming were unfounded, this Koch-funded physicist is still insisting that the threat of greenhouse gases is not as proven as other scientists say it is. When life hands you lemons, make lemonade, right?

WASHINGTON (AP) – A prominent physicist and skeptic of global warming spent two years trying to find out if mainstream climate scientists were wrong. In the end, he determined they were right: Temperatures really are rising rapidly.

The study of the world’s surface temperatures by Richard Muller was partially bankrolled by a foundation connected to global warming deniers. He pursued long-held skeptic theories in analyzing the data. He was spurred to action because of “Climategate,” a British scandal involving hacked emails of scientists.

Yet he found that the land is 1.6 degrees warmer than in the 1950s. Those numbers from Muller, who works at the University of California, Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, match those by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA.

He said he went even further back, studying readings from Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson. His ultimate finding of a warming world, to be presented at a conference Monday, is no different from what mainstream climate scientists have been saying for decades.

One-quarter of the $600,000 to do the research came from the Charles Koch Foundation, whose founder is a major funder of skeptic groups and the tea party. The Koch brothers, Charles and David, run a large privately held company involved in oil and other industries, producing sizable greenhouse gas emissions.

[…] 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.

4 thoughts on “Duh

  1. Since when do Nobel winners have a corner on credibility?
    Remember the President of Peace, B.H. Obama.
    See paleoclimates and begin to learn.

  2. Muller’s training is in particle physics. Particle physicists know how to make nuclear bombs so, of course, they’re experts on everything. Muller has held forth on geology and biodiversity, too. A physicist who gives no evidence of even having done the basic reading in a field unknown to them should, of course still be listened to because they know how to make atom bombs. This is why they’re highly sought after as heart surgeons.

    What I can say for Muller is that when he finally did do the basic reading in a new field, climatology, his reading comprehension and subsequent honesty about what he’d seen was up to the task. Good for him.

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