Most of us, I believe, can rephrase what Al-Gore famously said in 2006: global warming is REAL. But not a lot of us could come up with reliable data to back up the claim, apart from quoting bits and pieces of scientists-say-so newspaper quotes. That, my friend, is a seriously flawed method to convince climate skeptics.
Or is it?
Last year, a Berkeley physicist and self-proclaimed climate skeptic named Richard Muller launched the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature (BEST) project. The main objective was to review the temperature data that underpinned global-warming claims. Muller and his team scrutinized and re-checked the data and published the results online. His endeavor was cheered by plenty of other skeptics. The Koch brothers who lead the Charles G. Koch Foundation (and avid climate skeptics) even gave Muller $150,000 to fund his project.
In March 2011, Muller told the House Science and Technology Committee that, to his surprise, the existing temperature data was “excellent”.
“We see a global warming trend that is very similar to that previously reported by other groups” he went on. The BEST team later released a flurry of new papers that confirm that “global warming is REAL”, and they flatly (to their dismay I believe) wrote that in their two-page summary. How exciting.
Fine. Flap all you want like a fish out of water.
In a nutshell, GLOBAL WARMING IS REAL.