Lead Climate Change Skeptic Scientist Richard Muller Admits Global Warming is Real

by , 10/29/11

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Climate change naysayers may now have to face the writing on the green wall, as lead skeptic scientist Richard Muller recently changed his mind and now believes that global warming is real. Last week, Muller, a respected physicist from Univeristy of California Berkeley and possibly the most outspoken researcher against the existence of global warming,  told the Wall Street Journal that he thinks climate change is a reality. Unimpressed with years of international research by highly regarded scientists throughout the world, Muller decided to perform his own experiments and, what do you know, it yielded results showing exactly what climate change believers have been saying for quite a while now.

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Muller measured data from temperature monitoring centers all over the world and found the average land temperature has increased 1.8 degrees fahrenheit since the mid 1950s. These findings agree with the UN sponsored Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change as well as numerous independent British and American researchers.

Though Muller had previously called climate change research “polluted by political and activist frenzy” he respectfully changed his tune after his results were revealed, saying, “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 careful in their work, despite their inability to convince some skeptics of that.”

His research also confirms the validity of the controversial “hockey stick” graph used by many scientists and ardently rejected by skeptics, as a measure of the sharp temperature increase over thousands of years. His own graph is identical.

Via Investor Business Daily

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  1. GreatEmerald November 1, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    True, the debate nowadays is whether or not humans have anything to do with the global warming. Personally I’m not entirely convinced either way. On one hand, CO2 is generally regarded as the main greenhouse gas, and all of the major fluctuations of temperature on Earth also had fluctuations in the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere. Given the use of fossil fuels, a lot of carbon that would otherwise be conserved in the lithosphere is released into the atmosphere. Furthermore, due to heavy deforestation, the amount of autotrophs is rapidly decreasing, leading to less CO2 being converted into solid compounds, not to mention that much of the wood is burned anyway, releasing even more CO2. On the other hand, however, there is the fact that even though we do exploit a lot of fossil fuels, in reality only a small percentage of it is viable for economic use, and Earth’s crust sure is big. Changes in the radiation of the Sun, natural temperature fluctuations (including seasonal ones) and even volcanoes can also affect the temperature, and in a completely natural way. So both sides do have valid points, and the problem is that it is nigh impossible to determine which side is right, since we don’t have a spare planet to experiment on…

  2. caeman October 28, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    A skeptic like me accepted long ago that the temperature of the Earth was increasing. The question that has no been answered sufficiently is the causes. Specifically, for how much are humans responsible? I respect Muller for having been willing to stick his neck out and remain a skeptic until his research was finished. He didn’t blow off the skeptic as crazies, or the believers as brain-washed. He simply plowed the numbers and watched what grew. When Mars and Pluto are also experiencing global warming, it is not so simple to say, “Well, of course humans are primarily responsible!” Show me the proof.

  3. idirex October 28, 2011 at 10:30 am

    I think it is “Much ado about nothing” . Earth temperature rises and lowers constantly over time. Dinosaurs lived in a hot climate, cold, hot , cold , ice age, hot , hotter , hottest, ice,…..You get the point. I’m not concerned with co2(it is REALLY plant food, therefore OUR food)but only with the other gases (NOx , SO3 ,SO2 , CO…)If we want to be gentler tho the environment we need to use cleaner fuels / better pollutant scrappers , and most importantly apply those technologies to “polluting” countries . So please stop the fuss about CO2 rise and focus on the Ozone layer (not all can afford fancy glasses)

  4. Green Joy October 27, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    Interesting. At least he conducted his own experiments, and coming to a conclusion, proving the general consensus. Instead of just blindly arguing against a point, he sought his own answers. More people should be like that. Don’t agree with the answers? Find them yourself and see with your own eyes what facts and data will prove.

    Juan Miguel Ruiz (Going Green)

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