Richard Muller, a long standing cliamte change skeptic has finally accepted reality. Not only is climate chnge real, but human activity is causing most of it:
LA Times — In an opinion piece in Saturday’s New York Times titled “The Conversion of a Climate-Change Skeptic,” Muller writes: “Three years ago I identified problems in previous climate studies that, in my mind, threw doubt on the very existence of global warming. Last year, following an intensive research effort involving a dozen scientists, I concluded that global warming was real and that the prior estimates of the rate of warming were correct. I’m now going a step further: Humans are almost entirely the cause.
”The Berkeley project’s research has shown, Muller says, “that the average temperature of the Earth’s land has risen by two and a half degrees Fahrenheit over the past 250 years, including an increase of one and a half degrees over the most recent 50 years. Moreover, it appears likely that essentially all of this increase results from the human emission of greenhouse gases.”
And there was much rejoicing in the science-o-sphere, as ditto heads and the scam artists who prey on them were denied one more speck of cover. Not that that will stop the conservative godbot cheerleaders, these are professional liars, paid actors who aren’t about to cop to the facts anymore than a talking M&M will praise Hershey bars at Superbowl halftime.
The conmen and women will probably keep on mis-quoting Muller for decades no matter what he says now. But Muller is an actual scientists, and despite some weird and at times unwarranted mud slinging, he apparently does have an actual conscience and some dregs of personal integrity. Which is more than can be said for most Kochwhores.