by Bill Golden
Dr. Richard Muller has often been the poster child for global-warming skepticism. Just about every major challenge to global-warming theory invokes Muller’s name.
Muller is a real scientist. He had doubts. He asked smart questions. He didn’t like the answers, but neither did he spend time with the data.
Being a scientist, Muller decided to investigate global-warming data, and to conduct a comprehensive review. His effort is called the ‘Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature Project’ at http://www.BerkeleyEarth.org
Conclusion: The data presented previously by scientific organizations supporting global-warming theory was overwhelming correct and based upon sound scientific method.
As for those that say that parts of the earth are cooling, yes that is a situation in some areas. But that is an important part of the study as to how global warming is changing our environment. And how it will change our environment, not for the better.
From the Wall Street Journal piece, Muller writes: “When we began our study, we felt that skeptics had raised legitimate issues, and we didn’t know what we’d find. Our results turned out to be close to those published by prior groups. We think that means that those groups had truly been very careful in their work, despite their inability to convince some skeptics of that. They managed to avoid bias in their data selection, homogenization and other corrections.”
“Global warming is real. Perhaps our results will help cool this portion of the climate debate. How much of the warming is due to humans and what will be the likely effects? We made no independent assessment of that.”