BEST Results: No News here – It’s All About the Framing

July 29, 2012

Fortunately, the mainstream media, as well as the internet, is, so far, in this summer of extremes, absorbing the most important message.

LATimes:

Koch-funded climate change skeptic reverses course

WASHINGTON – The verdict is in: Global warming is occurring and emissions of greenhouse gases caused by human activity are the main cause.

This, according to Richard A. Muller, professor of physics atUC Berkeley, MacArthur Fellow and co-founder of the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature project. Never mind that the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and hundreds of other climatologists around the world came to such conclusions years ago. The difference now is the source: Muller is a long-standing, colorful critic of prevailing climate science, and the Berkeley project was heavily funded by the Charles Koch Charitable Foundation, which, along with its libertarian petrochemical billionaire founder Charles G. Koch, has a considerable history of backing groups that deny climate change.

A look at https://twitter.com/#!/search/koch gives a cross section of similar takes. This early framing of the Muller story is overwhelming the lame attempts by denialist pros at defusing the news.

Simply put, Muller thought is was in his interest to glean some notoriety off the “Climate Gate” nothing burger. But when he actually looked at the science, he realized his reputation would be destroyed if he continued ignoring the facts as they are.

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4 Responses to “BEST Results: No News here – It’s All About the Framing”


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  2. apeescape Says:

    Mann’s comment: “Muller’s announcement last year that the Earth is indeed warming brought him up to date w/ where the scientific community was in the the 1980s.” Ouch.

    I wonder what type of analysis Muller’s team did for attributing CO2 to climate change. Given the composition of the authors, I think it will be a statistical analysis. Muller mentions in the op-ed that causality is not established so skepticism should persist, but what about the entire literature on physics-based models? He has brushed aside the literature on the temp. data to take credit as if he’s the only one applying skepticism; but he essentially rehashed results that are decade[s] old. Now he looks like he’s doing the same thing for attribution.

    If every scientist published op-eds every time they checked the results of established science, newspapers would run out of ink. Mann is a former skeptic too, but I guess you have to be a skeptic within the past 3 years.

  3. mildaykerr Says:

    Muller’s announcement breaches one of the lines of defence around the Denier citadel. The shock of the attack seems to have the defenders in disarray, though Watts has tried to rally the troops around the old “Look! It’s a squirrel!” tactic.

    No wonder it’s getting little oxygen in the mainstream media.

    The four defensive lines around the Denier citadel are outlined here… http://bit.ly/QA6oq8

  4. mrsircharles Says:

    Of course. Muller is nothing but trying to save his own butt as a scientist. He surely must have realised the damage he had done to his reputation in the past. That’s IMO the whole reason for his “coming-out”.

    Watts is desperate, selling himself as the wonder scientist…

    Have to get more popcorn…


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