The Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature (BEST) Project aims to do what needs to be done: That is, to develop an independent analysis of the data from land stations, which would include many more stations than had been considered by the Global Historic Climatology Network. The Project is in the hands of a group of recognized scientists, who are not at all "climate skeptics" -- which should enhance their credibility. The Project is mainly directed by physicists, chaired by Professor Richard Muller (UC Berkeley), with a steering group that includes Professor Judith Curry (Georgia Tech) and Arthur Rosenfeld (UC Santa Barbara and Georgia Tech).
I applaud and support what is being done by the Project -- a very difficult but important undertaking. I personally have little faith in the quality of the surface data, having been exposed to the revealing work by Anthony Watts and others. However, I have an open mind on the issue and look forward to seeing the results of the Project in their forthcoming publications.
As far as I know, no government or industry funds are involved -- at least at this stage. According to the Project's website www.berkeleyearth.org, support comes mostly from a group of charitable foundations....
Does the above YouTube from Professor Richard Muller look as if he will be impartial? Have a look and your have to make up your own mind.
The fact is Climate Realists are NOT invited to be part of the The Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature (BEST) Project, so the result looks to be going to prove NOTHING NEW.
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