Climate Skeptic Admits He Was Wrong

Muller demos a Van de Graaff generator.

Muller demos a Van de Graaff generator.

You have to admire a scientist who stands up and admits he backed the wrong strain of dogma. The LA Times reports on Richard Muller’s change of heart:

Remember when scientists who had cast doubt on global temperature studies boldly embarked on an effort to “reconsider” the evidence?

They have. And they conclude that their doubt was misplaced.

UC Berkeley physicist Richard Muller and others were looking at the so-called urban heat island effect — the notion that because more urban temperature stations are included in global temperature data sets than are rural ones, the global average temperature was being skewed upward because these sites tend to retain more heat. Hence, global warming trends are exaggerated.

Using data from such urban heat islands as Tokyo, they hypothesized, could introduce “a severe warming bias in global averages using urban stations.”

In fact, the data trend was “opposite in sign to that expected if the urban heat island effect was adding anomalous warming to the record. The small size, and its negative sign, supports the key conclusion of prior groups that urban warming does not unduly bias estimates of recent global temperature change.”…

[continues in the LA Times]

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  • JoiquimCouteau

    “They have. And they conclude that their doubt was misplaced.”
    More like, one scientist decided to reconsider a model he had proposed. Not that it matters in the least.
    In my view ‘climate science’ is a farce regardless of experimental results; there is nothing to verify the models against since they project into the future, and nothing anyone can do about any of the ‘findings’ except call for more and more fascism to ‘solve’ the ‘problem’. 

    • dumbsaint

      edit- never mind.

  • Anonymous

    “They have. And they conclude that their doubt was misplaced.”
    More like, one scientist decided to reconsider a model he had proposed. Not that it matters in the least.
    In my view ‘climate science’ is a farce regardless of experimental results; there is nothing to verify the models against since they project into the future, and nothing anyone can do about any of the ‘findings’ except call for more and more fascism to ‘solve’ the ‘problem’. 

  • V.

    lighters up at concerts cause global warming 

    • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

      Kids are losers these days and use Cellphones in concerts instead

  • V.

    lighters up at concerts cause global warming 

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    Kids are losers these days and use Cellphones in concerts instead

  • UncleB

    As if it matters to America! As if Americans can ever have any effect on the situation! The Great Pan Eurasian Empire rising in the East will determine mankind’s future! America, only 300 Million against even just China’s 1600Million! All Asia, more like 6 Billion folk, and these pundits speak as if the Americans somehow can have any dramatic effect on the affairs of mankind. Arrogance or are the propagandized to see things that way, mass mesmerization within the American borders fostering a notion of “Supremacy” Tine now for Yankee Doodle to take a reality check! Heal his own nations wounds before trying to run the world!

    • Andrew

      > The Great Pan Eurasian Empire rising in the East will determine mankind’s future!

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asian_brown_cloud

    • Ronniedobbs

      Hey, can you give me a good recipe for fried rice? 

    • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient
      • Redacted

        “Theres 2 billion of them and their economy is getting better…”

        Nothing a little weaponized Ebola and a nice long quarantine without food won’t fix. 

        How crafty is Al Qaeda?!

        To attack China when no one was looking! Using American planes no less!

    • Redacted

      Well if Hanoi Hannah here is against it I’m for it.

  • Anonymous

    As if it matters to America! As if Americans can ever have any effect on the situation! The Great Pan Eurasian Empire rising in the East will determine mankind’s future! America, only 300 Million against even just China’s 1600Million! All Asia, more like 6 Billion folk, and these pundits speak as if the Americans somehow can have any dramatic effect on the affairs of mankind. Arrogance or are the propagandized to see things that way, mass mesmerization within the American borders fostering a notion of “Supremacy” Tine now for Yankee Doodle to take a reality check! Heal his own nations wounds before trying to run the world!

  • Andrew

    > The Great Pan Eurasian Empire rising in the East will determine mankind’s future!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asian_brown_cloud

  • Ronniedobbs

    Hey, can you give me a good recipe for fried rice? 

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient
  • Anonymous

    Well if Hanoi Hannah here is against it I’m for it.

  • Anonymous

    edit- never mind.

  • Anonymous

    “Theres 2 billion of them and their economy is getting better…”

    Nothing a little weaponized Ebola and a nice long quarantine without food won’t fix. 

    How crafty is Al Qaeda?!

    To attack China when no one was looking! Using American planes no less!