News perhaps only to myself…
If you are looking for a skeptic on global warming, you would be hard pressed to come up with a more prestigious name on the nay-saying side than Richard A. Muller. If you wanted to find somebody to fund your claim that global warming is a myth, then you’d probably want to go to someone like the Koch brothers, major oil and gas investors who are firmly on the right wing of American politics. They’ve funded lots of reactionary conservative projects, campaigns and think-tanks over the past few decades.
Well, the Koch brothers decided to fund Richard Muller for two years so he could investigate the matter of whether earth’s temperatures are in fact rising or not. The Kochs undoubtedly figured he would find that the 98% of scientists who believe in global warming were all deluded.
He found no such thing.
I quote the last two paragraphs of the October 11 WSJ article he wrote:
“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 [that is, groups like the IIPC who said that worldwide temperatures were rising. – gfb]. 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. How much of the warming is due to humans and what will be the likely effects? We made no independent assessment of that.
“Mr. Muller is a professor of physics at the University of California, Berkeley, and the author of “Physics for Future Presidents” (W.W. Norton & Co., 2008).”
Another more recent summary is here.