Deniers Eat Their Own in BEST Feeding Frenzy

October 25, 2011

It ain’t pretty.

Willis (“I have no scientific credentials”) Eschenbach at WUWT:

Me, I’ve had it up to here with being lied to by Muller, I’m fed up to my eye-teeth with his tricks and his whoring for the media. Sure, I could pretend Muller is an honest and honorable man like you recommend. But his actions have shown him to be a cunning snake. It is not my habit to address snakes as though they were honorable men.

Stephen (“not a scientist, not my real name”) Goddard:

“Newsweek from 1975 refutes you, you, you…bad graph maker man…”

Mark (“hey, wait a minute, I’m not a scientist either, is this a pattern?”) Morano:

The promoters of man-made climate fears are now reduced to claiming — as University of California, Berkeley, professor Richard Muller did last week — that any warming trend equals some sort of “proof” of man-made warming.

News (‘your baby’s rights end where the smoke from my cigarette begins..”)Busters

WaPo’s “skeptic” actually has backed global warming for 30 years

… physicist Richard Muller of Berkeley — embraced the theory of man-made global warming 30 years ago. An online search easily disproved his claim of skepticism. He co-authored a book, “Physics For Future Presidents,” that explained climate change among other things. Now he has re-branded himself a former skeptic — the better to sell global warming.

… Richard Muller is not who he says he is. He is an advocate of the theory of man-made global warming.

Junk (“would you like some oil on your tobacco?”)Science:

About Berkeley’s Richard Muller, whose recent “study” on surface temperatures, has caused headlines like “Climate-change skeptic: ‘You should not be a skeptic.’“, the San Francisco Chroniclereported in 2006:

… Muller estimates 2 in 3 odds that humans are causing global warming…

James (“I’ve been intellectually raped”) Delingpole:

“The planet has been warming,” says a new study of temperature records, conducted by Berkeley professor Richard Muller. I wonder what he’ll be telling us next: that night follows day? That water is wet? That great white sharks have nasty pointy teeth? That sheep go “baaaa”?

Richard (‘cheez and crackers, I’m reduced to publishing in a sleezy blog no one reads. Oh well, beats nothing”) Lindzen 

The summary sentence completely misrepresents ‘climategate.’ This refers to the release of thousands of emails, commented code, etc. from the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia. The land based instrumental temperature record was not the primary focus of the problems revealed in these documents. Rather, the explicit evidence of the manipulation of proxy records used in paleoclimate reconstructions, suppression of other viewpoints, manipulation of the IPCC process, and intimidation of journal editors were all evidence of serious breaches of ethics. Muller’s findings hardly alters these findings.

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18 Responses to “Deniers Eat Their Own in BEST Feeding Frenzy”


  1. Climate Progress has reported on a couple of new papers which make this discussion moot (and one imagines that thee first one in particular would have been the big news this week if BEST hadn’t trumped everyone).

    http://thinkprogress.org/romm/2011/10/24/351770/study-russia-2010-july-heat-record-climate-warming/

    and

    http://thinkprogress.org/romm/2011/10/25/353496/usgs-study-southwestern-drying-climate-change/

    NOAA originally examined the Russian heatwave of 2010 (which killed 56 000 people) and failed to connect it to climate change. The first (Rahmstorf & Coumou) study redoes the work (using a Monte Carlo analysis on monthly and yearly averages – my stats is very rusty so read the paper for details) and find an 80% probability that the heatwave would not have occurred without climate change.

    One imagines that their methods will go through some serious review but it looks at the moment as though they have found a way to look for a climate change signature in catastrophic weather events. Romm reports that the second study is flawed but nevertheless establishes the link.

    The consequences of inaction are already happening.

    Those of us who live in the Southern Hemisphere (I’m South African) are in no doubt about this because we experience excessive and rising heat every summer now. It’s the policy makers in the big industrial countries who need to wake up.

    Caroline


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