Richard Muller The Climate Change Sceptic Who Never Was

Professor Richard Muller of the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature (BEST) the Anthropogenic Global Warming sceptic who never was

During World War 2 the British came up with an ingenious plan to fool the Germans into believing that Operation Husky, the planned Allied invasion of Sicily would take place elsewhere.

The plan that went by the grisly name of Operation Mincemeat involved dropping a dead body into the sea off the coast of Spain,  a brief case chained to the arm of the body, with top secret papers showing the Allies were planning to land in Sardinia and Greece, so successful was the plan that weeks after the invasion of Scilly,  the Germans were still expecting further landings in Sardinia and Greece.

So what has this to do with Anthropogenic Global Warming?

Quite a lot as it happens, enter Professor Richard Muller of the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature (BEST) project.

Muller has been portrayed by the warming alarmists as a Climate Change sceptic who has had his Damascene moment, renounced his scepticism and now flagellates himself with wind turbine blades for not believing in Anthropogenic Global Warming from the outset.

October 2011 Muller released the conclusions of the BEST report:

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.

The warming alarmists propaganda machine went into hyperdrive trumpeting the end of AGW scepticism, there was no debate now, the science is ever more settled, a ridiculous concept if there ever were one.

Yesterday Muller chained a brief case to his arm and jumped into the sea, as mostly harmless Green propagandist Leo Hickman at the Guardian eulogises:

So, that’s it then. The climate wars are over. Climate sceptics have accepted the main tenets of climate science – that the world is warming and that humans are largely to blame – and we can all now get on to debating the real issue at hand: what, if anything, do we do about it?

If only. Yesterday’s announcement by Prof Richard Muller that, as a result of his Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature (Best) project’s research, he had undergone a “total turnaround” in his views on climate science and now accepted that the Earth’s land has warmed by 1.5C over the past 250 years and that “humans are almost entirely the cause”, might be seen by many as a watershed moment in this long, often bitter debate. But not, it would appear, for climate sceptics – the very people he designed his project to please.

Rather than join Muller on his road to Damascus, many climate sceptics have predictably been tempted by the neon signs directing them to turn back instead. Muller, as a result of his “conversion”, is now being painted as a figure of distrust and scorn, in much the same way that they have viewed many climate scientists over the years. His research methodologies and results are being mocked and slammed for being simplistic and “agenda driven“.

So was Muller ever really a Climate Change sceptic?

Well he did once disagree with Michael E Mann’s Hockey Stick fabrication.

Richard Muller has never been a skeptic, at best he had a moment of intellectual honesty towards skeptics when he acknowledged Steve McIntyre’s debunking of Mann’s Hockey Stick, only to later dismiss this as irrelevant to the global warming debate, “This result should not affect any of our thinking on global warming”. Hardly surprising, as Muller considers the carbon dioxide produced from burning fossil fuels to be, “the greatest pollutant in human history” and likely to have, “severe and detrimental effects on global climate”. The future outlook for global warming according to Muller is that, “it’s going to get much, much worse” and thus advocates that the United States immediately pay China and India hundreds of billions of dollars to cut back their carbon emissions or, “it’ll be too late”. No wonder he endorsed “The Earth is the Great Ship Titanic”, Steven Chu as “perfect” for U.S. Energy Secretary and Al Gore’s hypocritical alarmism

Not really the statements of a Climate Change denier.

Muller again:

“If Al Gore reaches more people and convinces the world that global warming is real, even if he does it through exaggeration and distortion – which he does, but he’s very effective at it – then let him fly any plane he wants.”
Richard Muller, 2008

Muller’s scepticism is about as real as CO2 being a driver of climate change.

Hockey Stick creator and sainted prophet of the Church of Climatology Michael E Mann, had this to say on Facebook about Muller:

My view is that Muller’s efforts to promote himself by belittling the collective efforts of the entire atmospheric/climate research community over several decades, though, really does the scientific community a disservice. Its great that he’s reaffirmed what we already knew. But for him to pretend that we couldn’t trust this entire scientific field until Richard Muller put his personal stamp of approval on their conclusions is, in my view, a very dangerously misguided philosophical take on how science works. It seems, in the end–quite sadly–that this is all really about Richard Muller’s self-aggrandizement :(

Just what a mess the whole Global Warming scam is in can be seen by these events, on one hand you have a faction of the warming alarmists like Hickman pushing a spin about Muller being the person who ended heresy about Climate Religion, and on the other hand you have the master of self-aggrandizement, Michael E Mann accusing Muller of the same behaviour.

One thing however is settled, Muller never was a Climate Change sceptic, this has all been just more desperate warming alarmist spin to keep their dying scam alive.

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About Tory Aardvark

Climate Realist, Conservative and proud NRA member. I don't buy into the Man Made Global Warming Scam, science is never settled. @ToryAardvark on Twitter ToryAardvark on Facebook

Posted on August 1, 2012, in Anthropogenic Global Warming, Church Of Climatology, Climate Change, Global Warming, Green Lies, Junk Science, ManBearPig, Oh FFS and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Doesn’t Mann’s comments critisizing Muller sound like the words of a denier? It sure sounds like denier talk to me. That’s it, Mann is a denier, I knew it!

  2. Hope the traffic on this post went up a bunch. I linked to it in my comment at the PBS NewsHour (the Watts interview full transcript page), which at the moment still appears in the #1 spot with 93 “up” votes:

  3. A real skeptic will examine the evidence, and if possible a real lot of evidence, and will change or adjust his opinion if necesarry. In contrast deniers are fake-skeptics, who just claim being skeptic, but on the other hand will never ever change their believes, whatever the evidence.
    So Muller actually is a skeptic, and your headline should be corrected to: Muller, the denier that never was.

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