Koch-Funded Climate Skeptic Now Warns of Global Warming

UC Berkeley Physics Professor Richard A. Muller

A University of California, Berkeley physics professor and longstanding critic of prevailing global warming science has reversed course and now attributes climate change directly to greenhouse gases produced by human-related activities. Professor Richard A. Muller, a climate change skeptic in the past, has taken funding from the Charles Koch Charitable Foundation named after billionaire Charles G. Koch, owner of the big petrochemical conglomerate Koch Industries and one of the most prolific funders of climate change denial and misinformation on Earth. Muller says a research project he undertook actually showed “that the average temperature of the Earth’s land has risen by two and a half degrees Fahrenheit over the past 250 years, including an increase of one and a half degrees over the most recent 50 years. Moreover,” he says, “it appears likely that essentially all of this increase results from the human emission of greenhouse gases.” Muller further concludes that “Humans are entirely the cause” of global warming. He calls his stance a “total turnaround” from the way he used to think. Muller authored an opinion piece in the Saturday, July 28 issue of the New York Times titled “The Conversion of a Climate-Change Skeptic.”

Source: Los Angeles Times, July 29, 2012

1 comment for “Koch-Funded Climate Skeptic Now Warns of Global Warming

  1. October 9, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    Dear Annelandmanblog,
    Along the same lines,, Reading inside time this week, i saw that richard muller, a perfectly funded skeptic of climate change completely changed his notice on the impact of climate change and anthropogenic global warming. it appeared to me that at initially he was skeptical regarding it as a result of a knee-jerk reaction to the problem, based on selfish factors, political beliefs etc. After he started actually studying climate change he changed tack completely and realised that he was incorrect. The vast majority of lay people dont accept climate change, based on the same knee jerk reaction, without really considering the debate or really reading anything. With most scientists in absolute agreement that man created global warming is occuring (though unsure of the severity of the impact) why are folks nevertheless disagreeing with it. Is it the media, or simply self serving parasites like the Koch brothers, that are responsible? All inside all, wake up!
    Regards

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