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Old 10-21-2011, 09:45 PM
TwinSwords TwinSwords is offline
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Default Koch-Funded Climate Skeptic Validates Warming Data (ROFL)

Curmudgeonly University of California-Berkeley physicist Richard Muller is a darling of climate change deniers.

— He has attacked Al Gore for "exaggerations."
— He has praised other deniers.
— He has been critical of the legendary "hockey stick" climate graph.

And last year, Muller "started up the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature project (BEST) to show the world how to do climate analysis right." This effort won him a $150,000 grant from The Koch Foundation, "major funders of the climate-denial machine."

And now the results are in. "In the press release announcing the results, Muller said, 'Our biggest surprise was that the new results agreed so closely with the warming values published previously by other teams in the US and the UK.' In other words, climate scientists know what they're doing after all."

Muller finds:

— "The three main climate models in use today—each of which uses a different estimating technique, and each of which has potential flaws—are all pretty accurate: Global temperatures have gone up considerably over the past century, and the increase has accelerated over the past few decades."

— "The earth is indeed getting warmer. Global average land temperatures have risen 0.91 degrees Celsius over the past 50 years."

— "The rate of increase on land is accelerating. Warming for the entire 20th century clocks in at 0.73 degrees C per century. But over the most recent 40 years, the globe has warmed at a rate of 2.76 degrees C per century."

— "Warming has not abated since 1998. The rise in average temperature over the period 1998-2010 is 2.84 degrees C per century."

— "The BEST data significantly reduces the uncertainty of the temperature reconstructions."

Thanks, Dr. Muller!

The following chart comparing BEST's results to those of the big three existing models. As you can see, BEST's reconstruction lines up almost perfectly with the other models.

Of course, it's important to point out that these findings won't phase the climate science deniers in the least. They can immediately pivot back to their other position that "climate is always changing!," and while Muller's research does confirm previous research on warming trends, it does not identify the cause of the warming. So, deniers can continue to claim that the warming is The Will of God, or something.


Source for all quotes:

Climate Skeptics Take Another Hit, by Kevin Drum, Mother Jones
"All for ourselves, and nothing for other people, seems, in every age of the world, to have been the vile maxim of the masters of mankind." -- Adam Smith
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