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Watts up with Watts?

I’ve been waiting for this one for a while. 🙂 Here is the link from TalkingPointsMemo.com.

Climate change deniers thought they had an ally in Richard Muller, a popular physics professor at UC Berkeley.

Muller didn’t reject climate science per se, but he was a skeptic, and a convenient one for big polluters and conservative anti-environmentalists — until Muller put their money where his mouth was, and launched the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature project, in part with a grant from the Charles G. Koch foundation.

OK, Muller has a right to be a skeptic. That’s what science is all about.

What makes this fun is the web site ‘Watts Up with That?’ which is a big denier blog. On this post Mr Watts says:

I’m prepared to accept whatever result they produce, even if it proves my premise wrong.

Cool. Now I just have to wait for the results. OK here we go!

After extensive study, he’s concluded that the existing science was right all along — that the earth’s surface is warming, at an accelerating rate. But instead of second-guessing themselves, his erstwhile allies of convenience are now abandoning him.

“When we began our study, we felt that skeptics had raised legitimate issues, and we didn’t know what we’d find,” Muller wrote in a Friday Wall Street Journal op-ed. “Our results turned out to be close to those published by prior groups. We think that means that those groups had truly been very careful in their work, despite their inability to convince some skeptics of that. They managed to avoid bias in their data selection, homogenization and other corrections. Global warming is real. Perhaps our results will help cool this portion of the climate debate.”

Mr. Watts reaction? Well, now he says the paper needs to be peer reviewed. Well, OK, but don’t you think based on the results that you would hold back a bit and see what happens? Nope, 4 more blog posts about how global warming is wrong.

Not that Watts had much street cred with me to start with, but he just used up any he might have had.

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