After two years and massive amounts of data churning, the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature Project has concluded, yes Virginia, global warming is real. Of particular interest is the fact that this study was headed by UC Berkeley physics professor Richard Muller and funded in part by the Koch Foundation.
Prior to releasing the prelimanary results of this study, Muller has been one of the most quoted academics by climate skeptics. Typically, those same skeptics are now distancing themselves as fast as they can. In his Wall Street Journal op-ed piece on Friday, Muller spends most of his time reinforcing the basis for his previous “skepticism”. Eventually, he concludes:
“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.”
Can we PLEASE focus on solutions
Skeptics, petroleum industry pawns, Republican leaders and right-wing fanatics will continue to argue, obstruct, and lie. They have no interest in science, truth, their fellow humans or the future. It’s time we accept that. We will not change their views. We will not convince them with logic, research or planning.
These people, bought and paid for by big oil, have absolutely no interest in changing the way we do business or the way we live. They have no interest in what is best for our country, our children or our world. It’s time we say, loud and clear, fuck ‘em. We’re moving on.
It’s time to draw a line in the sand. If you’re still denying global warming, you need to be on the sidelines. Make it a litmus test. If ANY politician is unwilling to support a comprehensive approach to environmental policy, if they deny the science, if they parrot the big oil lies, if they make excuses for continuing the policies of extinction, they must be voted out of office.
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature Project
WSJ: The Case Against Global-Warming Skepticism
Skeptical Science: The BEST Kind of Skepticism
Talking Points Memo: Climate Change Deniers Abandon ‘Befuddled Warmist’ Physicist Who Came Around On Global Warming
The Economist: The Heat is On
The Register: Massive study concludes: ‘Global warming is real’