'Warming now equals human causation?! Muller should be ashamed of himself for promoting media spin like this' -- 'Muller's study is already being met with massive scientific blowback from his colleagues'
Berkeley University Professor Richard A. Muller is a very confused man. Muller is claiming in a October 21, 2011 OPED that skeptics of man-made global warming fears no longer have any basis to doubt “global warming” because his new study confirms that the Earth has warmed since the 1950s! Muller seems to imply that the terms “global warming” and man-made global warming are interchangeable and any warming is somehow "proof" of human causation.
Muller is being described by many in the media -- including NYT's Andrew Revkin – as being a climate “skeptic.” But clearly, Muller must not have gotten the memo, as he is lustily referring to skeptics as “deniers” in his media blitz. See: Richard Muller: 'The deniers pay no attention to science'
Muller's WSJ OPED is designed to confuse the public with perhaps some of the most banal and straw man arguments yet put forth by a global warming activist. Muller (email@example.com) in his OPED and in his spin to the media, is implying that warming somehow equals human causation. But the climate debate has not centered on whether the Earth has warmed since the end of the Little Ice Age about 1850 or since the 1950s. The climate debate is about how much humans may or may not be contributing to the warming trend. (and the science and data is solidly favoring skeptics.) [Note: The highpoint of global temperatures is still 1998 and any claims of 2005 or 2010 being the “hottest on record” are laughable and 'purely political.” See Climate Depot's analysis: 2010 tied for 'hottest' year?! Relax, it is 'purely a political statement' -- Even NASA's Hansen admits it is 'not particularly important' -- Prof. mocks 'hottest decade' claim as 'a joke' -- 'Claims based on year-to-year temp data that differs by only a few HUNDREDTHS of a degree']
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Muller's study is already being met with massive scientific blowback from his colleagues. See: 1) Climatologist Dr. Pielke Sr. On Muller's study: 'The nearly identical [temperature] trends is no surprise as they draw from mostly the same raw data!' 2) Meteorologist Watts: The Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature project puts PR before peer review... making a 'pre-peer review' media blitz despite errors 3) Physicist Dr. Lubos Motl Rips Muller's Temperature Study: 'It is not true that the Berkeley group has found relevant evidence for the core questions in the AGW debate'
Climate Depot since at least March of 2011 had been publicly warning that Muller's entire BEST project was a predetermined con set up to take down a straw man argument. See: On 3-23-11, Climate Depot wrote in group email to fellow skeptics: 'This whole [Muller] project has to be a set up to screw skeptics. Who disputes warming has taken place? Why have we allowed Muller to set up a straw man argument to take cheap shots at skeptics? It appears Muller is incapable of running this project. He has allowed leaks, media distortions, allowed [warmist activist Joe] Romm to publicly hijack project and Muller remains silent' – [Note: For Climate Depot's comprehensive report on Muller in April 2011, see here.]
So it was not a surprise Muller's October 21 headline in the Wall Street Journal read: 'The Case Against Global-Warming Skepticism There were good reasons for doubt, until now.' According to Muller, global warming skeptics based their entire skepticism on a belief that the Earth was not warming.
Muller even lamely tries to beef up his skeptical credentials in this paragraph: “The number of named hurricanes has been on the rise for years, but that's in part a result of better detection technologies (satellites and buoys) that find storms in remote regions. The number of hurricanes hitting the U.S., even more intense Category 4 and 5 storms, has been gradually decreasing since 1850. The number of detected tornadoes has been increasing, possibly because radar technology has improved, but the number that touchdown and cause damage has been decreasing. Meanwhile, the short-term variability in U.S. surface temperatures has been decreasing since 1800, suggesting a more stable climate.”
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