A few years ago, prominent skeptics signed up for a temperature data project called “Berkeley Earth” – which was headed up by a Berkeley professor (Richard Muller) who told them he was a skeptic and wanted to prove the NASA temperature record was bogus. They didn’t bother to check his past writing, and didn’t listen to the advice of other skeptics on the matter.
Muller was never a skeptic, and his intent was the exact opposite of what he claimed.
By Richard Muller on December 17, 2003
Let me be clear. My own reading of the literature and study of paleoclimate suggests strongly that carbon dioxide from burning of fossil fuels will prove to be the greatest pollutant of human history. It is likely to have severe and detrimental effects on global climate. I would love to believe that the results of Mann et al. are correct, and that the last few years have been the warmest in a millennium.
“It is ironic if some people treat me as a traitor, since I was never a skeptic”
Not surprisingly, the project was a disaster for skeptics, and became a big coup for alarmists.
Now we have a new project to test the validity of global temperature adjustments. My expectation is the project will focus on a few stations sitting near an air conditioner and a few stations which have been manipulated to show warming – then Gavin will pull out few that show the opposite, and the project will backfire and prove nothing.
I have accumulated massive amounts of evidence that the data set taken as a whole is bogus, based on many different lines of analysis. I have established lines of thinking showing that the NASA global and US temperature graphs can’t possibly be correct. I have established lines of argument which Gavin and Tom won’t be able to counter. Focusing on individual stations is a recipe for disaster.
Skeptics need to decide if they want to get serious about ending this data fraud, or if they just want to play in the alarmist sandbox again, pretend they are doing something useful for a few weeks, keep their alarmist buddies happy, and then have a great opportunity go up in smoke again.
In order to end this scam, skeptics need to be clever – for a change.